Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Two things you do not want in the same sentence:

The curious case of the barbecue and the toilet seat.


This is a great article dissecting a newspaper article screaming about the hidden dangers of germs around the house and garden:

The average British barbecue contains TWICE as many germs as a toilet seat

  • Outdoor grill contains 1.7 million microbes per 100cm sq - 124% more than a toilet seat - and just 36% of people clean it more than twice a year
  • Bin lids have next highest bacteria count - a staggering 1.2 million per 100 cm sq, compared to 759,950 on a toilet seat
  • Microbes in the garden include e-coli, salmonella and listeria all of which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea



  • Carpets are a germ breeding ground and can be up to 4,000 times grubbier than your toilet seat.
  • A 2008 UK study found that  computer keyboards carry up to five times more bacteria than a toilet seat. 
  • Kitchen sinks typically contain more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch than a typical loo.
  • Kitchen sponges can contain a staggering 200,000 times more bacteria that your toilet.
  • Mobile phone have been found to be 500 times more germ-ridden than a typical loo.

But despite this we do not all get sick and, in fact, very few microbes and withstand the heat of a properly warmed up BBQ.  SO why the fuss?  To sell disinfectants!   Reader Beware!

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