Sunday, February 01, 2004

It's enough to make you sick

Cronaca exposes the bacteriological hazards of your own kitchen.

And then there's the bathroom, where most of you probably keep your toothbrush. Go all the way down to the bottom of the page or else you'll miss wisdom like this:
Close the toilet lid! It turns out that the germs that fly out of the bowl when you flush are worse than scientists suspected! Using a ?commodograph? to determine patterns of droplet emission from a toilet and a strobe light to shoot a time-lapse photograph of a flush, microbiologist Chuck Gerba, Ph.D., of the University of Arizona, discovered that one flush disperses a spray a whopping 10 feet from the toilet! What?s in that spray? ?Thousands of bacteria that cover and begin to grow on everything they touch,? he reveals. Indeed, a study shows that a full 10% of toothbrushes have E. coli on them from toilet water.
I read somewhere that we ought to soak our toothbrushes in mouthwash, but I'm not that paranoid yet.

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