In a recent study, the virus that causes the common cold was found upon 6 out of 10 remote controls, 3 out of 4 dishwasher handles, and 3 out of 3 sets of salt and pepper shakers – after all the objects had been handled by people who had colds. Big sample sizes, huh?
The study was commissioned by Reckitt-Benckiser, the company that manufactures Lysol household disinfectant products. It was the first part in a larger research project, designed to find ways to fight the spread of germs… with handy dandy Lysol products.
In a separate study paid for by Reckitt-Benckiser, 8 out of 9 homes were found to be highly icky, and in need of freshening.