Keeping the Germs Away During the Holidays #HealthyFamilies

Colds, the flu and other ailments usually do their rounds in our home the week before Christmas. Personally, I think it is because as the holidays get closer, or stress climbs and we are so busy that simple tasks are sometimes overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

The Hygiene Council has released some facts and information that has been collected through different studies and reports. I’m going to share five of the interesting facts that were discovered as well as five of the tips, but I strongly suggest you head over to the Hygiene Council website to get all of the information they provide.


  • KW6023CYour kitchen sink contains 100,000 times more germs than a bathroom or lavatory.
  • 9 of 10 kitchen cloths have unsatisfactory or worse levels of bacteria.
  • Poor hygiene and food preparation can cause up to 90% of kitchen surfaces to be contaminated during the preparation of a meal.
  • Only 10% of people think that the kitchen tap poses the greatest infection risk to them or their child, yet the Hygiene Council found 52% of kitchen taps tested were found to be contaminated with harmful bacteria like E.coli.
  • High chairs or places where children eat have worse levels of bacteria than toilet flushes.


  • Use different knives and boards for meat and vegetables to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Soak, scrape, brush, scald, or wash all fruit, salad and vegetables.
  • Always cook all meat products thoroughly at 70°C.
  • Don’t leave cooked food sitting at room temperature for longer than two hours.
  • Remember to reheat at (at 70°C or above) and re-serve leftovers only once.

So far this year no one in our family has shown signs of being sick (KNOCK ON WOOD). During the holidays, we will be traveling back to Winnipeg to visit our families and so I am off the hook as hostess for another year.

I am looking forward to all of the amazing meals our families make and to visiting with everyone.

Please don’t let anyone get sick…

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

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