If you are one of the ‘old schools’ here, you most likely have listened to the 1973 classic song by Roberta Flack, ‘Killing Me Softly.’ For Flack, it was the song that was killing her softly, though.
But then, you just may be killing yourself softly, slowly and in your house. Okay, let’s take a trip through your house starting from your bedroom.
Pick up your pillow. Soft, cool, exquisite and with designer’s pillowcase, right! Great, but then, your pillow is a breeding ground for all manner of things.
From bacteria to fungus.
On the average, an adult can be sweat up to 2–4 liters per hour or 10–14 liters per day. This sweat aids the transfer of bacteria from your skin and into your mattresses and pillows.
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So it is not surprising that the average pillow may contain over one million fungal spores! Just think about it… all night, your face is pressed against this potential reservoir of germs.
The most common form of fungus found in pillows is Aspergillus Fumigatus which is known to cause respiratory issues.
This fungus is bad news for those with asthma and sinusitis.
So what is the way out? If you don’t want your pillow to provide the perfect milieu for bacteria and other potentially harmful organisms to thrive, wash beddings regularly and replace your pillow often.
Your pillows don’t have to be old enough to earn a pension before you replace them, inugo!
Let’s then walk into your bathroom.
Nearly 90% of bathroom towels are contaminated with coliform bacteria. This a wide class of bacteria commonly found in human faeces. Dirty towels can carry a huge variety of organisms and are accomplices in the spreading of infectious diseases.
Harmful micro-organisms grow on towels because they are damp and warm. Bathroom towels should ideally be washed after about two days of use especially if used by children.
A quick match to your kitchen.
Look no further than your ever faithful microwave. How often do you clean it? Microwaves are often overlooked and not cleaned regularly. Germs can thrive in an unclean microwave because the warmth, food, and moisture they need to multiply are available.
Allowing the inside of the microwave to be splattered with food particles and not cleaning after each use increases the potential health risk.
Still on microwave issues; do you microwave things in plastic containers? If you do, that’s another line of gbege. It is not advisable to microwave food or liquids in plastic containers since doing so would increase the leakage of dangerous chemicals.
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Plastic containers can leak toxins when they’re reheated and these can cause bisphenols. Bisphenols can interfere with the production, secretion, transport, action, function, and elimination of natural hormones. This action impacts negatively on the immune system and fertility.
Now the koko… your mobile phone!
Thousands of germs at any given time are busy dancing shaku-shaku on our mobiles. Mobile phones have been known scientifically to carry more bacteria than most toilet seats.
So if you don’t clean your phone often, you are essentially creating ‘na dem dey rush us’ situation for thousands of potentially harmful organisms.
Like they say during debates, I hope with these few points of mine, I have convinced and not confused you that you may just be killing yourself softly.
Thank you, accurate timekeeper and the incorruptible panel of judges.