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Home Living : October 12th 2010
4 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 HOMELIVING That sponge may hide some nasties We all wash dishes, 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 such as E. coli and staphylococcus. E. coli can cause severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea, and some strains can be fatal. Staphylococcus aureus causes 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 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 dishcloth 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 kill 99 per cent of bacteria. The hot water tap temperatures that most households use to handwash dishes is not high enough to effectively clean the dishes. 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 NO INTEREST* EVER! *All prices are subject to a deposit. All prices include installation. Metropolitan areas only. All single storey dwellings only. Not to be used with any other promotion. All estimates are based on 24 month term. A retail payment option provided by Certegy Australia Limited ABN 68 050 021 513. Conditions apply. For purchases over $7,000. October Offer only, available to the first 20 Customers Only. Factory Showroom: 121 Fairford Rd, Padstow Ph: (02) 9771 3777 Free measure & quotes Ph:1800 658 088 www.homeclad.com.au BUILDERS LICENCE NO. 34164 ALUMINIUM WINDOWS PATIO COVERS/CARPORTS INSULATED ROOF SCREEN ENCLOSURE CLADDING FROM UNDER $13 A DAY OCTOBER SPECIAL FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE OVER $7000 FOR THE FIRST 20 CUSTOMERS 2273537i hlf wk15 *CONDITIONS APPLY FROM UNDER $5 A DAY GUTTERS shutters curtains blinds Free in home consultation or visit our showroom at 48 Windsor Road, Kellyville 9629 9445 www.stylehouse.net.au 2043032i hlf wk13 shutters • roman blinds • holland blinds • motorisation • sunscreens venetians • home theatre rooms • panel glides • curtains • poles/tracks Local AWARD WINNING one stop window covering shop SALE NOW ON Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c
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