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The ugly side to your household tea towel

The ugly side to your household tea towel”

The microbiologists found that roughly half of the 100 towels were growing risky microbes, including the potentially infection-inducing Staphylococcus (also known as "staph") and E. coli.

Basically, wash your entire kitchen regularly otherwise you're going to be sitting on the toilet for the foreseeable future, and that is NOT a good look.

Multiple use increases the chance of cross-contamination of potential pathogens that can spread bacteria and lead to food poisoning.

"Cross-contamination is happening in the kitchen, and those bacteria could reach our food and cause food poisoning", said lead researcher Susheela Biranjia-Hurdoyal.

The risk of harboring coliforms, such as E. coli, was higher in humid towels than dry ones.

Specifically, the researchers found that towels used for a variety of tasks - such as wiping utensils, drying hands, holding hot utensils or cleaning surfaces - had more bacteria than towels used for one task. Out of the 49 samples that were positive for bacterial growth, 36.7 percent grew coliforms, 36.7 percent grew Enterococcus spp and 14.3 percent grewS. aureus. This new study complicates that advice, suggesting it's not just how often you wash your towels, but also how you use them that determines how dirty they get and how often they should be swapped.

They found staphylococcus was more likely to be found on towels from families with children and of lower socio-economic status.

Researchers from the University of Mauritius tested 100 kitchen towels that had been used for a month and found that 49 percent had bacterial growth. But the study found E.coli was more likely to develop on cloths that had been used and then left damp.

Scientists at the University of Mauritius found that tea towels can also put people at risk since they are essentially a playground for bacteria.

Their thorough research work reveals that the multiple use towel shows the presence of Escherichia coli. This could happen if, for instance, someone used a kitchen towel to wipe up meat juices from the counter and another person unknowingly used the towel to dry their hands, Chapman said.

"The data indicated that unhygienic practices while handling non-vegetarian food could be common in the kitchen", Biranjia-Hurdoyal said. But does that mean your towel can actually make you sick? But "it doesn't surprise me at all that something that's in a kitchen environment has bacteria on it".

What were the kinds of bacteria found on the towels?

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