An easy way to keep germs at bay in your bathroom

Tue, 03/25/2008 - 2:20pm
By: The Citizen

There are battles being fought in households across the country. The enemy: millions of germs and bacteria thriving blissfully on moist surfaces in your bathroom, ranging from countertops and cups to toothbrushes and towels.

Helping to rid your bathroom of some of its most commonly spread germs can be easily done by using Georgia-Pacific's Dixie (R) disposable bath cups, a trusted source for fighting germs for the past 100 years.

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage today's parents to stock their children's bathrooms with disposable paper cups for rinsing.

It makes sense, since some cold and flu viruses linger on non-disposable rinsing cups for up to 72 hours -- plenty of time for the germs to be picked up and passed around by several members of the family. Despite the fact that many kids regularly wash their hands and Moms regularly scrub counters and switch out hand towels, family members are still coming in contact with lots of invisible germs.

A study a few years ago of parents across the country uncovered some startling statistics about the dental hygiene practices of America's children during the post-brushing rituals of rinsing and spitting:

* While four out of five children rinse regularly, nearly half of those are sharing a germ-infested, non-disposable rinsing cup with their siblings and other family members.

* Worse yet, a third of the parents surveyed reluctantly admitted that their bathrooms contained no rinsing cups at all -- leaving a child or other family member no option but to slurp from their own hands or directly from an equally germ-ridden faucet.

Instead, kids and parents should use a disposable cup one time, and then throw it away immediately to help prevent the spread of lingering germs and bacteria. For more germ prevention and oral care information for your kids, visit and click on the link that says "Dixie Wellness."

Courtesy of ARA Content

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