How clean is your child's lunchbox?
Research carried out by the Dettol Back to School Study shows that only 48% of parents clean and disinfect their child's lunch box every day.
Crumbs left behind can become a breading ground for bacteria such as E.coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus Aureus.
A quick wipe with a dishcloth may not help as research has shown that 9 out of 10 dishcloths in the UK are 'heavily contaminated' with bacteria.
Lunchboxes are often left in schoolbags for hours at a time, without being refrigerated meaning they are in the room temperature 'danger zone' where bacteria multiplies most rapidly increasing the risk of food poisoning. In these conditions, one bacteria such as salmonella could become several million in just eight hours.
Dettol have compiled three easy top tips for parents to follow to help reduce the risk of foodborne tummy bugs, they are:-
- Pack frozen water bottles into lunchbox as freezer packs. This will cool down the food inside, helping to prevent it from hitting the 'danger zone' plus the water should be chilled ready to drink by lunch time too.
- After lunch, children should discard all leftover perishable food and packaging. Avoid reusing sandwich bags and tin foil because they could contaminate other food.
- Wipe down the lunchbox with an antibacterial wipe, such as Dettol Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Surface Wipes, before packing in order to kill 99.9% of bacteria.
As a parent I always want to protect my children and keep them safe and well at all times and with Dettol Cleansing Surface Wipes I feel I can help protect them even when they are at school.
Using Dettol Surface Wipes I am not only able to keep clean the preparation area where I make them their lunch but I can also keep clean the lunchbox they use at school too.
Together with educating my children to discard of leftover food at lunch time and myself to keep their lunchbox clean and free of bacteria we can fight off foodborn tummy bugs together.