Bounty Paper Towels Reveals Potential Spots for Bacteria in the Home
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A used dishcloth can be a haven for bacteria, especially when wet. Using the same cloth to wipe up spills or messes without washing or replacing it could cross contaminate surfaces in your home. (Photo: Business Wire)
A new survey* by Bounty revealed that Americans are spending more time cleaning than ever before and nearly 92% have changed their behavior in the past year to clean more thoroughly, frequently, or in areas that had been previously untouched. Despite this uptick in concern for a hygienic home, many continue to reach for a used dishcloth to wipe up a spill or mess.
“Used dishcloths can be a haven for bacteria,” says infectious disease expert and microbiologist
When asked how often consumers wash their kitchen towels, the survey revealed that just 11% will replace or wash their dishcloth after a full week of usage.
Through an educational video series that will include live demonstrations and creative experiments, this troupe of scientists and influencers will share their tips and recommendations to help consumers achieve a healthy home.
Experts such as Rivera and Hutchison recommend using a fresh paper towel, rather than a used dishcloth, to wipe up and throw away messes, and help reduce the risk of cross contamination from one surface to another.
Consumers can follow the series of experiments on social using #HygieneBeginsWithBounty or at @bountypapertowels.
* A survey conducted by www.OnePoll.com on the topic of cleaning behaviors was distributed in
**A published study on ResearchGate.com from 2014 found that out of 82 kitchen hand towels collected across the