Becoming a mum makes you so aware of germs and what is out there that could potentially cause an upset tummy or sickness. Let’s face it – if the kids get sick it will be us dealing with the crying and wash loads and no-one wants a poorly baby or child.
This is why mums are so good about having plenty of life’s essentials in their bag on a daily basis. When my kids were very young, I’d carry round the nappy bag with not only a few new nappies, wipes, any creams, nappy bags and a change of clothes for the child, but over the years this kit grew to include hand sanitiser – as there’s not always a wash basin when you want one!
These days my children are both of high school age and the days of carrying round supplies are long gone! But the habit of hand sanitiser has remained! It is one of my essentials – I have a bottle in my handbag, one in the car, and a spare one in my stock cupboard for when those run out. It is always there when I need it – and I need it a lot.
Did you know for example, that a train seat holds up to 800 times more bacteria than a toilet seat! Eew! No wonder I have my hand sanitiser ready for whenever I get off public transport.
Healthcare supplies company Brosch Direct has done a survey into just how many micro-organisms we are exposed to on a daily basis. They took swabs of 10 everyday items and lab tested them for their Total Viable Count (TVC). This estimates the total number of individual micro-organisms present in a sample. Large numbers of bacteria may be an indication of poor sanitation. Check out their infographic below to see the results of a day in the life of germs:
My best tip to help tackle these germ encounters, is to have a bottle of hand sanitiser with you at all times and a good cleaning routine at home. After all, we don’t want to have a poorly household.