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Your whirlpool bathtub could make you sick

Imagine after a hard day at work the kids are fed and asleep for the night. You draw the water in your whirlpool bathtub in anticipation of a relaxing soak. The mood is perfect. Well I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I do want to make you aware of some possible health risks. It turns out the place you clean yourself might not be so clean. A recent study at Texas A&M by microbiologist Rita Moyes tested 43 water samples from whirlpool bathtubs. She found that all had mild to  dangerous levels of bacterial growth. Almost all showed bacteria from fecal matter, 81% showed fungi, and 34% tested positive for staph bacteria. The reason is the water lurking in the tubs pipes feeding the jets. When you shut the jets off, and drain your tub some water remains in the pipes. You have warm water with bacteria from your body in a dark place with no air movement. A perfect incubator for all manner of nasty bacteria to reproduce. It stays in the pipes until the next time you fill your tub in anticipation of a relaxing soak. When you turn on the jets it spews the stagnant water from the pipes into the tub with you.

Experts recommend adding a cup of bleach to the water in the tub before you drain it, and turning the jets on. This will circulate bleach water throughout the tubs system. Of course you do this after you’ve stepped out of the tub.  Wipe your tub dry after you drain it. Then spray the inside with a disinfectant spray, or foaming disinfectant cleaner.

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The Myth and Mystery of Home Made Cleaning Products

I’d like to discuss the use of bleach as a cleaning product. I’ve had many people tell me they use it to clean. I’m going to explain what bleach will do, and what it won’t do. First of all bleach is an oxidizing agent. It’s most commonly used in laundry to brighten your whites. When used in the laundry, detergent is still added to the load along with the bleach. The reason for this is detergent cleans, and bleach does not. Bleach has no chemical surfactants to lift dirt from a surface. So all you folks using a bleach , and water solution to clean are not accomplishing much.

Now I’ll share with you some other uses for bleach that do work. First of all bleach can be used as a disinfectant. I believe it’s still officially recognized as such by the Center for Disease Control. Mixed with water and mopped on the floor, or wiped on a surface it will kill a broad range of germs. It looses it effectiveness in water after a short time so you want to use the solution fairly soon. Bleach can be used to eliminate mold, and mildew. Again mix it with water, and apply it to the surface. Just remember mold and mildew occur in dark, damp conditions with little air movement. If you don’t eliminate these conditions it will return. Another way I’ve seen bleach used effectively is in meat room sanitation. After cleaning the meatroom with a good food service degreaser, I’ve known people who use a bleach, and water mixture to sanitize the room.

In closing bleach was designed as an oxidizing agent for use in laundry which it does very well. There are great commercial products available to disinfect, sanitize meat rooms, and kill mold. All of these products will do a better job than bleach. I’d love to hear your feedback on this topic.

                                                   Aunt Patti

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