The curious case of the barbecue and the toilet seat.http://bit.ly/168HiIX
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
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!
THE FIVE HOUSEHOLD AREAS DIRTIER THAN YOUR TOILET
- 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.