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Your Home Is Icky, Lysol Study Determines

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.

2 comments to Your Home Is Icky, Lysol Study Determines

  • Mark

    As a society we are increasingly trying to sanitize our lives of any and all bacteria. More and more people are keeping their homes sealed up year-round and using numerous products to over-clean themselves and their surroundings: hand sanitizing washes, bleach in many household cleaners, anti-bacterial cleaners available on the shelves, and even an over-reliance on antibiotics. Now we are seeing the results of this trend: increases in asthma, allergies, and antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

    Children especially need to be exposed to bacteria so that they can grow healthy immune systems. Our family enjoys having the house windows open during the spring and fall. Rarely do we use much more than soap and water to clean our home. Soap is a wonderful agent for loosening dirt and bacteria from a surface and washing it away. My kids are always outside playing and getting dirty, and they are among the healthiest children in their school. It’s been ages since they even had a slight cold.

  • kevin

    we should remember that humans are actually just big sacks of water filled with bacteria, and a bit of flesh and blood.

    By mass, I think bacteria win by 1,000 to 1 vs all other life combined…

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