Children's car seats are dirtier than toilets

8th of September 2014
Children's car seats are dirtier than toilets

Children's car seats are contaminated with twice as many dangerous germs as the average toilet, a new study has revealed.

And cars in general contain more potentially hazardous bacterial and fungal species than any part of our homes.

Scientists at the University of Birmingham took swabs from children's car safety seats and discovered an average

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Could certain foods take the place of chemical cleaning agents?

2nd of September 2014
Could certain foods take the place of chemical cleaning agents?

Potatoes, banana skins, Brazil nuts, vinegar and mayonnaise are among the common foodstuffs that are said to work well as cleaning agents.

This is the claim of Alex Depledge, chief executive of cleaning website Hassle.com. She says Brazil nuts are effective at polishing wood surfaces while tomato ketchup is good for cleaning brass, copper and

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High tech toilet seat makes smelly washrooms a thing of the past

29th of August 2014
High tech toilet seat makes smelly washrooms a thing of the past

A new US invention aims to put an end to the unpleasant and sometimes socially awkward smells that may be encountered in the washroom.

Fresh Air Plus, created by a Tennessee entrepreneur, uses a sensor and integrated fan technology to discreetly remove unpleasant smells from the inside of the toilet bowl without the odour spreading around the

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Cleaning to prevent the spread of Ebola

28th of August 2014
Cleaning to prevent the spread of Ebola

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) has made the news headlines around the world in recent weeks. This severe illness has a fatality rate of 90 per cent but the infection can be controlled through effective hygiene and cleaning measures.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) provides detailed information on its website, www.who.int/ebola where you can

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Supervisor crucial in employee engagement, says ISS white paper

27th of August 2014
Supervisor crucial in employee engagement, says ISS white paper

ISS has published a white paper spotlighting how engaged employees are more productive, more customer-focused and more loyal. The paper - entitled - 'Employee engagement - the crucial role of the supervisor' - also finds that companies with high levels of employee engagement are more profitable.

Author Donna Brown of ISS describes how employee

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UK commission says cleaning firms are failing to protect cleaners' rights

26th of August 2014
UK commission says cleaning firms are failing to protect cleaners' rights

According to a study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in the UK, some employers in the professional cleaning industry are failing to meet their responsibilities to their staff in relation to pay, holiday or sick leave and dealing with their concerns.

The study also says manycleaners feel that their employer, client firms and the

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