You work hard to keep your kitchen spotlessly clean, but research shows it’s often the things we can’t see that we need to pay special attention to – like what’s living in your kitchen cloth.

Bacteria hotspots

Kitchen Dishcloth

Bathroom sponge

Kitchen tap

Kitchen worktop

Mobile phone 

9/10 UK dishcloths are heavily contaminated with bacteria

60% are contaminated with E. coli

Every kitchen is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Everyone knows this, of course. Yet, a study by the Global Hygiene Council found that 9 out of 10 dishcloths are heavily contaminated with bacteria and 60% carry the potentially life-threatening E. coli.(1)

Invisible danger
A professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona agrees: “The kitchen cloth or sponge is almost always the dirtiest thing in your house.”(2). That said, it’s not all about the dishcloth. Worktops, tea towels, hand towels, chopping boards, taps, drainers… Here, again, the research tells us we’re up to 200,000 times more likely to encounter germs than on a toilet seat.(3) It’s enough to make you stop and put your own kitchen hygiene under the microscope.

Beyond the sink
Scientists have been analysing our bathrooms for bacteria, too. The main offender? Bath sponges. Not far behind come toothbrushes, with a study by Manchester University suggesting a possible link to various health problems including heart disease, stroke and arthritis.(4)

Unwashed hands are another common germ carrier. Which means the average mobile phone is a rich playground for bacteria, especially if used in the kitchen.

Help is at hand
Stepping up your fight against bacteria is easy. Choose products with antibacterial properties, such as our antibacterial dishcloths – which can be washed and bleached over and over. Use a foam surface cleaner, such as Vamoose, that reaches hard-to-clean places, and try Hob Heaven on ceramic hobs. And wipe your phone screen regularly.

Meet the Lakeland bacteria busters, on a mission to keep germs at bay!





Sources: 1. Daily Mail July 2014. 2. BBC online Feb 2018. 3. BBC online Feb 2018. 4. Daily Mail Dec 2010/ MSN Oct 2014.
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