Tierno's research indicates that your carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. "Rugs are botanical and zoological parks," says Tierno, who says hundreds of thousands of different types of species live there. These invasions occur because the average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells every hour; these skin cells hit the rug and serve as food for germs. Add in food particles, pollen, and pet dander, and you have a gratis buffet, he says. And since a vacuum cleaner's suction and rotating beater brush don't usually reach the bottom of the carpet, you're bound to have communities of E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, and other bacteria down there. Every time you walk on the carpet or roll around on it with your kids, you disrupt the bacteria, bringing some closer to the surface, Gerba says.
Your cleanup: Hire a company to do a deep steam-cleaning at least once a year, and consider covering high-traffic areas with machine-washable area rugs.
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S0rry, about having to say the folling! But in my opinion You sientists And Microbiologists are Killing out the human Race faster than An Germs That you claim is About to take hold of your Body! Suddenly from out of everyshere! You create so much nonsical fear I believe that that alone Would be the demise of Most of Us! As every other day Lots of mony and time is spent on the Supposed Sientific Surveys By people Who have nothing better to do with Their Degrees! Too bad that some of you waste your Talents in Such Banal and Fickle Manner! Use your education and our Money in more productive ways for the human Race! instead of fearmongering! And by the way, i don't beleive that youyourselves Beleive the nonsense That You propound!Hooray to the two previous contributors! I totally agree that we develop a natrually develop an immunity which in itself is why we , the human race have Survived Millions of years without modern day sciientists To Have a new experiment That only mkes us more fearful of almost Every thing We Eat or Drink! I wonder about the sanit of these so called scientists!
People have survived for millions of years with these germs, so I'm pretty sure we can survive with them now. Isn't that kind of the whole point of your immune system? If you're a germ freak and try to never expose yourself to germs you ARE going to get sick, because your body wont know how to deal with the germs when it comes in contact with them. And seriously, who has the time to disinfect everything they touch every day?
I'd like to add to my little story. Just because my house is dirty don't mean that I'm stupid enough to expose myself to some of the real bad bugs out there.
Common sense is still the best way to go. I'm not going to go to a public washroom and grab my cheese burger without washing my hands.
Who the hell needs Hep-C ?
I don't have a set of b**bs hanging over my sink so my house if a pig pen. By women's standards.
I never take my boots off when I walk into my house so I track in a lot of dirt.
I'm pleased to know that I don't live alone. Hell I even have my own bacteria zoo under my feet.
I don't get the flu or colds like other people so I must have a good immune system. Hmmmmm I wonder why? Must be my house keeping habits. lol.
Time to chisel off the ring in my coffee cup so I can get some coffee in it.
Seems like most of us have the same opinion on the subject.
By spraying, squirting, pouring and wiping on case loads of "Clean it Up" products around our homes, cars and workplaces we've slowly been killed off their "97 pound weaklings" leaving behind their strongest, meanest and most determined to succeed. If you go to the hospital to visit a sick friend and happen to pick up one of these super bugs off of some window sill you just might pick something up that's not so easy to rid yourself of. The next thing you know you're a patient in the house of germs yourself and are being pumped full of megacillin (our one and only left over defense) to rid yourself of the next generation of powerhouse bacterium and/or viruses. The worst thing is...they are winning this little war we've started. Of course we couldn't just stand by while bugs were eating our children but as I mentioned before only in a few different words...if you're going to take up arms against these creepy crawlies you better come armed with some high tech weaponry! Aim to kill. Leave no survivors because they'll soon build their own little war machines back up to strike again only next time they'll most certainly be a little or even a lot stronger. We started this war and we're going to have to come up with something better than antibiotics to win it because they've taken down the cannon fodder and they're coming back stronger than ever...for YOU!
Do you know what else is scary?
The way people obsess about dirt, germs, bacteria.
The people I know who get sick all the time are the ones who try hardest to to be rid of germs.