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Saturday, August 2, 2008

MRSA...Removing germs from a surface

How clean is your house?

How clean is your home? If you mop up the kitchen and the bathroom with an anti-bacterial wipe. It might not be quite clean as you think.

Antibacterial wipes sound like the answer to getting rid of germs in the home. They’re convenient, easy to use, and the are disposable. But can you be sure they are doing the job?

British Microbiologist looked to see how effective antibacterial wipes are at killing bacterial in hospitals. Researchers were particularly interested to see how they coped with “Super Bugs” like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphyloccous aurous), which is a big problem in many hospitals.

The results were disconcerting. Reporting their findings at the American Society for Microbiology conference in Boston, MA, the biologist said the wipes they tested were unable to kill MRSA and other bacteria.

Most brands of wipes were good at removing germs from a surface, but the germs then survived on the cloth. So if the cloth was re-used to clean another surface, the bacteria just spread from one place to another.

What you need to know;
You may not need to worry about MRSA in your kitchen or bathroom. But you’ll still want to be sure that your food preparation surfaces are free from germs. You could go back to the old-fashioned hot, soapy water, which does the job well. But if you want to use wipes, only use one cloth for each surface and then dispose of it. Otherwise, you could be just redistributing your germs around your home.

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Diana said...

Hello Mee mOe!

Great post... and very true!

Hope you are well.. do you think you will be back online more frequently soon?

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