Kids Bath Tub Toys Are Filthier Than A Toilet

March 30, 2018

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Get ready to be grossed out! It turns out the cute, harmless-looking rubber ducky floating around in your bathtub may actually be a Trojan horse for ravenous legions of “potentially pathogenic bacteria,” say scientists in a new report. In the study, scientist took a look at bath toys and found those who have floated in the tub with your kids contain up to 75 million bacterial cells per square centimeter of interior surface. That’s the same density of bacteria you can find in human stool samples. The study found the low-quality plastic polymers used to manufacture the ducks release carbon over time, providing an important source of nutrition for bacteria. This is compounded by dirty bath water full of nutrients bacteria love to dine on. To avoid the ick factor, the report says you should boil bath toys after every use. The research team noted that simply cleaning the ducks is not enough, because the surviving bacteria tends to be stronger. The research team noted that simply cleaning the ducks is not enough, because the surviving bacteria tends to be stronger.

SOURCE: Gizmodo

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