Friday, May 24, 2013

British grills harbor more bacteria than local toilets

Before you go ahead and throw your steaks on the grill this summer, you might want to think about the last time you cleaned it. If you genuinely can't remember the last time you gave it a good scrubbing, you might be exposing yourself to more than just the deliciousness of charred food once it comes time to chow down.

A new study out of the U.K. shows that barbecues in Britain are more dirty that local toilets, according to The Daily Mail. Specifically, grills are said to have bacteria such as e. Coli and Listeria, as well as higher concentrations of bacteria that can cause nauseating symptoms in comparison to the average toilet. More alarmingly, barbecues that posed a threat were visibly clean to the naked eye, proving that you can never be too sure about what lies on the surface.

"To help keep the family safe, I would suggest cleaning and disinfecting garden furniture and barbecues prior to use," Lisa Ackerley, M.D., told the news source. "And, if you have small children, then remember to clean areas that may come into contact with their hands - such as decking and play equipment."

Additional research found that approximately 42 percent of people clean their toilets everyday. However, only 28 percent wipe down their patio furniture more than twice a year, and 36 percent cleaned their grills with the same frequency. If you're willing to get out your toilet brush, think about giving your grill brush another look for safety's sake!

Do you know how to keep your bathroom clean?

If you're ashamed to look in your toilet or shower every time you walk into your bathroom, there's no better time to get cleaning than today. You don't have to spend an hour scrubbing your fixtures to get them clean - there are a couple of easy ways you can keep your bathroom germ-free in a matter of minutes.

Apartment Therapy recommends taking five minutes each day to spray down your shower, refold your towels and clear off any clutter around your sink - you'll notice a positive difference in the environment. To make cleaning a bit easier, invest in products that make it a more enjoyable experience. Specifically, TLC claims that having a sturdy toilet brush can make all of the difference when it comes to scrubbing away at hard water stains.