Did you know that more than 500,000 people around the world get sick every year from this bacteria that lives in their bedrooms? A bedroom that looks clean may become a breeding ground for bacteria and may be the dirtiest place in the home. If cleaning is not done properly, the risk of pneumonia and myocarditis may increase!
Which corners or items in the bedroom are at high risk of causing illness? Today, doctors from the Department of Infectious Diseases are here to expose these hygiene blind spots and provide targeted cleaning plans to conduct a comprehensive campaign against germs.
Bedrooms may become the hardest hit area for home hygiene
There are three terrible pathogenic bacteria hidden in the bedroom, and one of them can be said to be a super pathogenic bacteria! The scariest thing is that if you are a person who pays attention to home hygiene and often deep cleans the bathroom and kitchen at home, then it is very likely that the bedroom has become the dirtiest corner of your home! These three types of bacteria hidden in the bedroom may cause dangerous diseases such as pneumonia, enteritis, meningitis, hepatitis, and myocarditis. In serious cases, they may even be fatal!
A research team from the University of Munich in Germany conducted a sampling test on microorganisms and bacteria in bedrooms. In 10 randomly selected family bedrooms, the researchers found a large number of bacteria!
The most common bacteria in the bedroom: Mycoplasma
Studies have found that mycoplasma is the most common microorganism found in bedrooms!
Mycoplasma is a tiny microorganism that is smaller than bacteria and larger than viruses. It is a common pathogen that causes mycoplasma pneumonia. Mycoplasma infection is likely to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, and may also cause non-respiratory diseases such as myocarditis, hepatitis, arthritis, nephritis, meningitis, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenic purpura and other diseases. What’s even more frightening is that mycoplasma can also be spread through droplets, and there is a high possibility of infecting others. It is particularly important to take preventive measures.
Viruses that can survive for many days: rotavirus
Rotavirus is a very dangerous virus that can survive in a bedroom for many days on surfaces that are frequently touched by human hands. Studies have found that more than 500,000 children under the age of 5 die from rotavirus infection every year around the world. For adults, rotavirus can also cause diarrhea, and in severe cases, fatal gastroenteritis, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalance, among other problems! Not only that, rotavirus may also cause varying degrees of liver function damage and even cause viremia through the gastrointestinal barrier.
Bacteria that are harder to get rid of: Staphylococcus
Staphylococcus aureus, especially Staphylococcus aureus, is a terrible microorganism that widely breeds in bedrooms. It can cause infections in many parts of the body, such as suppurative infections of skin and soft tissues, pneumonia, pleurisy, endocarditis, and serious It may also lead to sepsis, which may ultimately be life-threatening!
Take you straight to the nest of germs
Which places in our bedrooms are hygienic dead spots hiding disease-causing and deadly bacteria?
Pillows Pillows are places that come into close contact every night, and dust, dander, and oil from your hair and skin will be stained on them. So just how dirty are pillows? There is a set of data to share with you. A pillow that has been used for 6 months has a total bacterial colony count of 240,000 (CFU), which is far more than a cushion that has been used for one year (92,000), a rag that has been used for 2 months (80,000), and a dollar that has been circulated for 5 years. Coins (25000). What’s even more exaggerated is that the number of bacterial colonies on pillows that have not been cleaned for a long time is 26 times higher than the number of bacterial colonies on a regularly cleaned toilet!
In addition to pillows, bed sheets and quilt covers are also the hardest hit areas for hiding bacteria! How can we clean bedding and reduce the number of bacteria on the bedding?
Cleaning plan: It is recommended to clean and dry pillowcases and pillowcases with disinfectant every week, and replace them every two or three years. Clean the pillow core with disinfectant every three months. If the pillow core cannot be washed, you can also choose to expose it to the sun once a week. It is best to replace the pillow core with a new one every year; wash the sheets and quilts with disinfectant every one to two weeks and dry them in the air, and replace them every two or three years.
Door handles The second most dangerous hygiene corner is actually the door handles at home! Researchers used fluorescence detectors to detect some “high-bacteria” items that everyone touches with their hands every day, and tested the RLU values on them (RLU refers to the relative light unit. The higher the RLU, the more microorganisms such as colonies on the surface of the object. the higher the content).
As you can see, door handles at home are 15 times dirtier than public toilets! This is actually because most people don’t clean/disinfect door handles when cleaning, making it one of the most dangerous hygiene holes in the home!
The cleaning plan recommends that when doing general cleaning, remember to dilute the disinfectant with water and scrub the door handle frequently, which can greatly reduce the amount of bacteria on the door handle!
Curtains How often do you wash your curtains? The survey results found that more than 90% of users’ curtains had bacterial index exceeding the standard, and 88% had mold index exceeding the standard. The highest number of bacteria detected on the curtains could reach 90,000/square centimeter, far exceeding the standard of ≤100 bacteria per square centimeter. !
Cleaning Plan So everyone must not ignore the health hazards of curtains! It is recommended that you use a vacuum cleaner, hanging cleaning machine, or a clean damp cloth to wipe the dust on the curtains every 1-2 weeks, and ensure that the curtains are thoroughly cleaned at least once every six months!
Text/Ge Ying (Peking Union Medical College Hospital)