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Home Living : September 28th 2010
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 28, 2010 7 HOMELIVING That sponge may hide some nasties Washing dishes is a chore we all do daily, but new Westinghouse research shows it comes with hidden health hazards. The Westinghouse Kitchen Hygiene Report shows high levels of bacteria found on kitchen sponges were enough to make most people extremely sick. Examining the habits of more than 1000 Australians and conducting extensive laboratory testing, the report shows just how easily bacteria can transfer to freshly- washed dishes. More than half the sponges tested were found to have very high levels of bacteria strains like E. coli and Staphylococcus. E. coli can cause severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea, and some strains can be fatal. Staphylococcus aureus produce a toxin that induces vomiting and food poisoning. Food safety expert and microbiologist Craig Andrew-Kabilafkas, from Australian Food Microbiology, said one in five kitchen sponges tested had levels of contamination equivalent to that of a used Band-Aid. The research was conducted online by Pure Profile with a representative sample size of 1003 adults aged 18-64. The data was weighted by age, gender and region. Laboratory testing was conducted on 25 kitchen sponges, 25 dishes washed by hand and 25 dishes washed in a Westinghouse dishwasher. The report found 50 per cent of Australian households wait until their dish cloth is obviously dirty or smelly before replacing it, and one in three households only change their kitchen sponge every few weeks or less often. Mr Andrew-Kabilafkas said, while kitchen sponges should be changed at least three times a week to reduce the health risks associated with bacterial transference, a dishwasher wins hands down in the hygiene stakes. Only a dishwasher can safely wash dishes at temperatures around or above 68˚C which is needed to effectively kill 99 per cent of bacteria. The hot water tap temperatures that most households use to hand wash dishes is simply not high enough to effectively clean the dishes. ''Don't compromise your health by thinking you'll save a bit of time by quickly washing up a cup or eating utensil with a dirty kitchen sponge,'' he said. Dishwasher Tips Pre-rinsing is a waste of time and water . . . just scrape dishes clean Don't overload or stack dishes too closely or spray won't reach everything To avoid chipping, ensure breakables are separated and cannot touch if moved by the water spray Don't wash ashtrays -- ash won't dissolve and ends up on your dishes Clean your dishwasher regularly with a dishwasher cleaner Dishwashers use less water than hand- washing -- saving time and money Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15 glassrooms conservatories garden rooms ground & 1st floor extensions BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150 Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an obligation free in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains firstname.lastname@example.org www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Create an improvement that will allow your home to breath fresh living space 2150467K HLF wk45 ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & SLIDING DOORS BETA - VIEW BETA - VIEW 900x900 (3'x3') $138 1200 x 1500 (4' x 5') $202 1200 x 1800 (4' x 6') $224 1200 x 2400 (4' x 8') $328 web: www.betaview.com.au - email: email@example.com PRICES FOR WINDOW ONLY & INCLUDE GST AVAILABLE IN BROWN, WHITE, HAWTHORN GREEN, PALE EUCALYPT, STONE BEIGE, CLEAR ANO, PRIMROSE FREE QUOTES FOR SUPPLY & INSTALL Unit 6, 9 Kurrajong Rd, St Marys 2271155i hln wk44 Ph:9623 5611 F:9623 5091 ABN 14 070 225 197 Master Lic No 408872083 Lic 84933c Security lic. no. 408925402 GLASS CUT TO SIZE OPEN SAT 2058203i hlf wk2 Custom-Made Curtains Bedspreads Bed Heads Soft Furnishings Upholstery Great Fabric Selection Expert Advice 5/286 New Line Rd, Dural (Behind McDonalds) Ph: 9651 2745 www.waratahwardrobes.com.au FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No. 160400C 2070199i hln wk50 built-in WARDROBES Lifetime Warranty Free Measure & Quote Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes Renovation of existing Wardrobes Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames Hinged or sliding Federation Doors Frameless Shower Screens
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