20Something and Surviving


I do not have OCD nor am I really germ conscious. I don’t care that there are more germs on your toothbrush than the actually toilet seat or stuff like that but this mail got me thinking. I’m one of those people who never hold on to the railing on an escalator and I never touch the doors to a restroom with my hands after I’ve washed them. Coz Some people do not wash after tinkling and touch that very same spot.

This piece emailed to me also touched on one of my pet peeves: pets in trolleys. Aside from the fact that I am not particularly fond of them I find it highly offensive when I see little animals poking their heads out of shopping trolleys. I don’t care how clean you claim your animal to be the fact is they’re filthy animals occupying a space where someone else’s food will be.

Shopping Trolleys are dirtier than public toilets – fact!

Most off the major chain Stores (Hyper Checkers, Pick n’ Pay, Woolies and Spar) now have Trolley wet wipes to disinfect your trolley at the door before Putting your kids and food in.

Thousands of different shoppers touch the same trolley each day.

Investigations on 120 items found in public areas, commonly touched by hands, were examined for bacteria and viruses, shopping trolleys were the worst of the worst! More so than escalator conveyors, public toilets, lift buttons, train and bus straps!!!!

Although most people are aware of the importance of hand washing less than 45% of people bother to wash them – (this is an international statistic!)

The high bacteria count found on the average clean looking trolley is enough to make you sick, a survey carried out in the United States revealed that the average shopping trolley contains 1000times the bacteria count that a human would otherwise encounter in a normal day. – Baby seats have even worse statistics!

In Australia a 2 year old child spent several weeks in hospital in an intensive care unit with her life hanging in the balance, after extensive investigation, health department inspectors traced the source (of infection) to a supermarket shopping trolley, the child rode in the cart sucking her thumb while her mother shopped, the bacteria on the handle wound up in her mouth!

Even if a shopping trolley looks clean it may be laden with germs that can sicken you or your child!

But what are the chances??? – Dr Reynolds a microbiologist at the University of Arizona doing research to determine why certain bacteria find their way into people’s homes, made a startling discovery: one in five shopping trolleys tested positive for bodily fluids – blood, saliva or urine – that could transmit germs.

In Oklahoma City a concerned Eyewitness news presenter – Kevin Sims and his crew were horrified at the outcome of the shopping trolley bacteria investigation that they carried out, however they found a solution to the high bacteria counts…

When the stores bought in anti-bacterial wipes to use on the trolleys the bacteria count quickly disappeared. – According to Sideman’s lab tests, a simple, in- expensive cleaning wipe took a bacterium count in the thousands to almost zero – in a matter of seconds!

Most Pick n Pay stores and Spar stores in South Africa now provide FREE Sani-touch surface wipes for use on trolley handles, and hand wipes in store for your convenience!


For the protection of you and your family.


August 20, 2008 - Posted by | death, leez


  1. i also never touch a public loo door, disgusting!

    i was very excited when i saw that my local p ‘n pay had those wipes!!! i used them religiously 🙂

    Comment by Stef | August 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. drop the d in the used… oy

    btw: are you feeling any better??

    Comment by Stef | August 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. that really is euww..I will be looking for those free wipes from now on..

    btw – great blog

    Comment by Being Brazen | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks 🙂 and welcome.

    Come again now, you hear?

    Comment by leez08 | September 1, 2008 | Reply

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