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Bathroom silicone dirtiest item in SA home

bathroomThe dirtiest item in South African homes is the silicone seal in bathrooms, with kitchen towels taking the second place, showed a global study on hygiene released on Tuesday.

"The survey found that 65% of bathroom seals were rated 'unsatisfactory' for bacterial contamination and 39%  for mould," the Global Hygiene Council, which released the survey at a meeting in South Africa, said in a statement.

Its findings were contained in a survey entitled "Hygiene Home Truths: An International Study" which was conducted in March and April this year in eight countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"The dirtiest item in the South African home is the bathroom seal... The humble kitchen towel takes second place in the roll of dishonour, with 45% of South African kitchen towels failing to make the grade."

The bathroom seal is the silicone strip where the bath meets the wall, and the silicone seal in showers.

Surfaces tested included kitchen towels, kettle handles, fridge interiors, computer keyboards and mouses, pushchair handles and bathroom seals.

"South Africans can take heart from the fact that 95% of Indian and Malaysian bathroom seals failed the test for bacteria," said the Global Hygiene Council.

"75% of Indian kitchen towels failed the test, as did 55% of Malaysian kitchen towels."

Fridges also proved to be contaminated by bacteria. 80% of Malaysian fridges were unsatisfactory in terms of bacterial contamination, compared to 70% in India and 35% in South Africa

Source: Health 24

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