Hygiene to us is about removing unwanted matter that can cause disease. In our view, it is not the same thing as making an item or area sterile. We need microorganism to stay healthy, but we don’t need to be exposed to pathogens that are present in high numbers. There is nothing good about that. In our everyday life there are literally dozens of such areas that could do with hygiene improvement. We’ll touch upon a few here.

Consider your home. You have a kitchen with food that’s a natural playground for all kinds of germs. You have chopping boards, knives, cutlery, coffee makers and blenders which may look clean to the naked eye but may harbor all manners of harmful pathogens. In the bathroom, germs flourish in the toothbrush holder, the faucet, sink and on the soap pump. In other rooms, you’ll find germ magnets such as cell phones, remote controls, keys and pens. These are objects normally shared among family members which makes for easy transmission.

At workplaces, there are many people sharing a contained space. There are multiple surfaces and areas that people are constantly touching – desktops, keyboards, phones, doorknobs, coffee machines and microwave doors. Frequent touchpoints are potential hotspots for transmission.

Day care centres are notorious for the spread of harmful germs (pathogens) and disease. Children are not particularly known for keeping good hygiene practices. They play in the dirt, they put toys in their mouth and share toys frequently with other children. All these put children at high risk of catching harmful pathogens, falling sick and bringing them home to other family members.