If you had to point out which places in your home were the dirtiest, you would probably say something along the lines of your toilets, doorknobs, and bathroom counters. What many people don’t realize is that their sinks are loaded with germs. So many, in fact, that your toilet is probably cleaner!
For a place where mostly good things happen – washing hands, scrubbing dishes, giving baby a bath – how can it be so contaminated? Let’s explore the reasons why sinks contain so many germs and how you can make yours a bit more sanitary.
E. coli and Salmonella
Before dishes make it to the dishwasher, they sit in the sink. Bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella can spread from leftover food particles. You can actually find more E. coli in a kitchen sink than a flushed toilet! Once the bacteria is there, it survives because of the available food and moisture.
Bathroom sinks tend to be just as dirty as kitchen sinks. After people use the washroom, they touch the faucet to wash their hands. The bacteria from their hands transfers onto the faucet. Fortunately, the germs are washed away, providing proper handwashing techniques are followed.
Mold and Mildew
Sinks are wet places. They have plenty of cracks and crevices where water and bacteria can hide. If these spots aren’t cleaned, the bacteria will multiply, along with mold, mildew, and fungus. These microorganisms can make you and your family sick.
Cleaning Vs. Disinfecting
Most good housekeepers strive to make and keep their homes clean and looking nice. But “clean” is not the same as disinfected or sanitary. You can see when something is clean, but you cannot see if it is disinfected. Smells are often a tell-tale indicator that something is not quite right – like the average kitchen sponge, which can harbour over 700 million bacteria – and we use that without thinking about it.
The secret to a healthy home starts with a good regular cleaning but must be complemented by disinfecting, getting rid of those germs that smell and can make your family sick, many of which are not effectively addressed by cleaning alone. However, did you know, most household disinfectants require the disinfectant to remain wet on the surface for 10 minutes to deliver an effective disinfection? What’s more, did you know that even after you do this, any germs that remain or any new germs that are introduced can recolonize on your surfaces minutes after you have gone to all this trouble to clean and disinfect? It’s just not fair!
However, there is a new technology on the market that can protect your clean and sanitized surfaces for up to 30 days with a single application. The technology is called Zoono and comes from New Zealand. This technology can deliver these lasting results because it works in a whole new way – it imparts a hostile barrier to surfaces that works when it’s dry, not just while it’s wet like other sanitizing products. The best news is that it is safe to use because it is water based and is less toxic than Vitamin C. This could be the game-changing innovation you have been searching for.