Everyday objects: stop the germs!

There are some objects that carry over, others who serve us every day … Their common denominator: they are infested with microbes. Relearn the right steps to limit the spread of bacteria and viruses on all essential in our lives.

Staphylococcus, salmonella, E. coli …

Depending on your lifestyle and your hygiene habits, your everyday objects contaminated differently. “There are two types of contamination either by microbial flora of our environment, either through contact with germs of human origin,” Dr. Fabien Squinazi different.

Basically, this contamination is not dangerous to health; it becomes if it contains pathogens. Result: your items are infected with Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli bacteria (responsible for gastroenteritis) or salmonella to name a few. Since we cannot know, you must review your gestures cleanliness to limit the spread of germs.

The mobile phone: a real nest microbes

It takes him everywhere with us, follow us in our pockets, in our bag, meeting table … and even the bathroom! But our favorite of the communication is in fact a real nest of microbes.

The mobile phone contains 500 times more bacteria than the toilet seat. And because the combined undergoes our sweat, our postilions our hands are not always very clean. In addition, it emits heat, which allows Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, salmonella and streptococci, multiply rapidly.

The solution 

More than ever, regular cleaning is a must! Have a daily cloth slightly moistened to remove bacteria that do not will have time to stick.

The computer mouse and keyboard to clean every week

The computer keyboard contains 400 times more bacteria than the toilet seat. Always in touch with our hands, the mouse is also put in the same basket bacteriological.

The solution 

Clean the keyboard and mouse at least once a week with a slightly moistened with soapy water. For wipes that contain antibacterial products can not eliminate all bacteria. Some will be more resistant and more difficult to dislodge.

“If the mechanical cleaning action is not performed regularly, bacteria create a movie, and detergent action will be more difficult,” says Dr. Squinazi.

The handbag: the least possible ground

It is the keeper of your secrets, tote that follows you everywhere. But most of the time, the restaurant or cafe, he landed on the ground. The concern: on the floor, there was feces of dogs or birds, waste, liquid … in short, a whole bunch of things that could contaminate your nice handbag.

The solution 

– Do not put your bag on the ground! Place on your knees behind your back, or hang it on the chair. There are also hooks to attach the bag to the table.

– If ever you still put on the floor, clean it with a little soapy water if the material allows.

Toilets, washing hands systematic

Who has not seen a friend or colleague out of the bathroom without washing your hands?However, according to a study by Dr. Squinazi, the seat of bathrooms mainly contains the seeds of skin and feces thrown when pulling the flush. Our hands, these germs proliferate due to heat and moisture.

A person who does not wash his hands on leaving the toilet can contaminate fifteen individuals. These faecal germs mostly end up in our mouths, and when pathogen is insured gastroenteritis.

The solution 

– Lower systematically cover the bowl before reaching the toilet.

– You can clean the front cover then use or invest in smart toilets that clean up after yourself.

– And most importantly, always after, wash your hands with soap, rubbing at least 30 seconds. Lap top!

Sponges: a damp breeding ground for bacteria

Moisture is the preferred environment for bacteria to grow. Sponges in constant contact with our digestive bacteria (contained in the plates and washed), have the particularity to retain through their porous structure.

The solution

– Pass the bleach regularly on the sponge, then rinse.

– Make sure that the sponge is wrung out well after use to dry it as soon as possible. Dry environments prevent the growth of bacteria.

– Renew your sponges at least once a month.

Toothbrush: it throws after being sick

Pathogens of the mouth and gums become attached to the hair of a toothbrush, moisture survive and multiply.

The solution

– Change your toothbrush every three months and after being sick. Explanations Dr. Fabien Squinazi: “We must renew after three months, especially because it is damaged and no longer fulfills its role well enough. It should also be replaced as soon as we were sick. It is difficult to decontaminate a toothbrush that has been in contact with the germs of a respiratory disease or oral infection. ”

– On a daily basis, rinse out your toothbrush after use and make sure you do not put directly under its hood. It must first dry!

Doorknobs, subway bars, etc.: Beware of dirty hand!

Doorknobs, subway bars, elevator buttons … all of which are affected every day by thousands of people.

The solution

– “When you hit an object for which you have no responsibility in cleaning, the best protection is to wash your hands,” said Dr. Squinazi.

– The hydro-alcoholic solutions are useful and effective when there is no water source nearby. “By rubbing his hands, it kills germs, but our hands are not clean either. If you had dust on it, it will remain stuck. Hence the importance of washing hands with soap and water when possible. ”

Footwear: not to wear home

Faithful allies of our feet, the shoes are in constant contact with the soil microflora. “I conducted a similar experiment with pants too long which had rubbed the Parisian sidewalks for one day. Result, he was steeped in fecal bacteria associated with dog feces and standing water. This is exactly the same for shoes, “says Dr. Fabien Squinazi.

The solution

When you go home, it is imperative to remove their shoes and put his shoes in a suitable record. Feel free to clean with soap and water. According to Dr. Squinazi, “the Japanese are very picky about daily hygiene. We always shoes off at the entrance, and mules is threaded by way of slippers. And to go to the toilet, special mules are arranged at the entrance. ”

The pair of glasses: Washing also

This is not because they are on our noses that our glasses are protected from contamination. According to the study conducted in 2008 by Dr. Squinazi, 15 pairs of glasses, the 23 studied were contaminated with Bacillus eight by staphylococci and three by Enterobacteriaceae.

The Bacillus, predominantly present, are commonly found in soil bacteria, soil and dust.Some species are pathogenic for humans and may be responsible for anthrax (mediated by its English name “anthrax” during the attacks) or food poisoning.

The solution

“To prevent the glasses are a vector for bacterial contamination, especially in high-risk areas (health facility, catering, pharmaceutical, food or cosmetic laboratories …), it is essential to do not forget to completely clean (lenses and frames), the best day, “says Dr. Squinazi.


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