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Health Home & Family

young girl petting dog in kitchenDo you live in a house of germs?

Without even thinking about it, we come in contact with germs and bacteria every day in our household.

The following are high risk places for getting exposed to germs and possible illnesses.

General Health Tips

1. Your kitchen sink Typically, kitchen sinks are even dirtier than sinks in bathrooms. An average kitchen sink carries about 77 500 germs per square inch. From there germs transfer onto dishes and cutlery and further to cupboards and drawers. When was the last time you cleaned your kitchen cupboards and drawers, removing the dirt from all those hard to reach places, nooks and corners?

2. Phones Be it a landline or a mobile phone, bacteria can build up in the small gaps and crevices. An average phone carries more than 25 000 germs per inch – more than the average toilet seat. Researchers in the UK have even found that one in six mobiles phones is contaminated with faecal matter. Landline phones are often shared at home or in the office and if proper precaution is not taken, illnesses can spread. Washing your hands thoroughly after going to the bathroom is a simple yet effective way of preventing germs from spreading.

3. Computer keyboard Studies have shown that keyboards are usually dirtier than average public toilets. People often snack or have their lunch while on the computer; food crumbs, spilled drinks and dust that settle into the small crevices form an excellent breeding ground for microbes. Effectively disinfecting and cleaning keyboards without proper tools is tedious and often overlooked – which is why it’s not surprising that according to several studies, mold as well as bacteria causing food poisoning (staphylococcus aureus) are commonly found on computer keyboards.

4. Your bag and wallet Every day, you carry your bag and wallet everywhere with you.
You touch them after you shake hands with someone, pick up your bag after its been placed on the floor, carry things such as receipts, coins and notes that have been handled by many people before you. This makes your wallet and bags potential germ nests.

5. Your shoes You wear your shoes every day, yet only a few people even stop to think to clean the insides of their shoes. Depending on the level of activity, the amount of sweat within the shoes can amount to 0.2 liters a day. Humidity combined with bacteria can be the cause of various foot illnesses and foul smelling shoes. Cleaning your shoes regularly reduces both bad odors as well as the risk of foot diseases, improving your well-being in turn.

How to prevent allergies?

pollen allergyYou know the scenario: a running nose or itchy eyes make it difficult to concentrate and constant sneezing disturbs not only you but also those around you. Apart from making it hard to concentrate, allergies can make you exposed to serious risks: a study by the Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (2002) has proven that people suffering from allergies have a 30 percent higher risk to cause car accidents.

The basic concept of an allergy is that our body reacts to a foreign particle and tries to fight it by displaying common allergy symptoms. An allergen is any substance that can cause allergy. Some of the most common ones to cause symptoms are pollen, animal hair and mites.

Eliminating mites, pollen and animal hair

Mites are living micro-organisms that can easily be observed under a microscope. One gram of dust contains up to 500 dust mites. These micro-organisms live in any kind of textile, such as pillows, bed covers or car seats. A mattress contains, on average, 10,000 to 100,000 dust mites. Mites can be found especially in places that are hard to reach and therefore not cleaned that often, such as in the folds and crevices of upholstered furniture or car seats. Same applies for animal hair and pollen. Eliminating potential causes for allergies is key to preventing and alleviating hypersensitivities.

Cyber Clean Car has been designed especially for cleaning the car interior and will help you eliminate dust, mites and germs found between the folds of the seats and all crack and crevices of your car’s interior.

How to clean and disinfect shoes?

When was the last time you cleaned and disinfected the inside of your shoes? If you wear closed shoes, such as standard business shoes, the answer is most probably ‘never’.

Using water to clean your shoes may damage them, shoe sprays only cover bad odors without actually cleaning the shoes and UV light systems simply kill germs without removing residues and dirt particles. Cleaning shoes from the inside helps fight illness-causing bacteria and prevent foot diseases such as athlete’s foot and fungal nails.

Bad odor is caused by bacteria

The common misbelief is that shoe odor is caused by sweat. It is actually bacteria within the shoes that create the typical bad odor. Dust and dirt can build up in the shoes, forming an excellent breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Depending on the level of activity, the amount of sweat within the shoes can amount to 0.2 liters a day. This humidity combined with bacteria can be the cause of various foot illnesses such as athlete’s foot and fungal nails and bad odor in the shoes. Effectively eliminating bacteria and residues from within the shoes is the only way to significantly and permanently reduce shoe odors.

How to prevent bad odor and foot illnesses?

Starting your day with uncomfortable shoes or aching feet is never good. Here are a few tips on how to increase the well-being of your feet.

1. Clean your shoes regularly from the inside To protect your feet from chronic foot diseases, shoes should be cleaned regularly from the inside. Cyber Clean For Inside Shoes cleaning compound protects your feet against various diseases such as athlete’s foot and fungal nails by removing illness causing bacteria and fungal spores while leaving your shoes smelling fresh.

Whereas traditional sprays and hygiene products only cover the bad odors, Cyber Clean For Inside Shoes’ unique membrane composition effectively captures dirt as well as eliminates bacteria and fungal spores.

2. Regularly polish your shoes Use lotion to polish and condition your leather shoes; apply with a soft cloth. Suede shoes on the other hand look best when brushed. You might also want to use a protective spray to waterproof and stainproof your shoes from the outside.

3. Store your shoes in a fresh and dry place When not being used, make sure to store your shoes in an airy place. It is recommended not to wear the same pair for more than two consecutive days to allow the shoes to dry out completely.

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