Modern Hygiene: Are We Too Clean for Our Own Good?
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Although living a filthy lifestyle is not recommended, there are some guidelines to follow regarding cleanliness and your health. EHP offers expert recommendations, such as using bleach, peroxide, and alcohol for cleaning.
Hand washing is still essential in helping to prevent the spread of contagious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing your hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after human-animal contact, when handling food, and whenever they are visibly soiled. Traditional soap and water is ideal for hand washing. When no running water is available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are effective as well, although the CDC warns this may not be as effective if your hands are noticeably dirty.
Allowing your children to have dogs and cats can also expose them to intestinal worms that can "work out" their immune system. This may also make it less likely for your children to develop allergies and autoimmune diseases.