The kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSIS

The kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSISThere are 10million bacteria per square inch of a kitchen sponge and 1m per square inch on a dish clothBacteria found on them can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can lead to loss of movement <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 14:32 GMT, 20 November 2012 </p> <p>It may come as a surprise to the houseproud and 'clean freaks' among us but the kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest places in the home – 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

Nurses are being forced to clean toilets and mop hospital floors on top of their patient care duties, finds survey

Nurses are being forced to clean toilets and mop hospital floors on top of their patient care duties, finds surveyMore than half of NHS nurses say cleaning services for their ward are inadequateOne in five say their trust has cut back on cleaning in the last year | UPDATED: 00:47 GMT, 4 September 2012 Nurses looking after patients in hospitals have also been forced to disinfect toilets and mop floors as hard-up NHS trusts cut spending on cleaning.

Daycare teacher “scrubbed temporary tattoo from boy’s face using cleaning chemicals which burned and scarred his skin”

Daycare teacher “scrubbed temporary tattoo from boy”s face using cleaning chemicals which burned and scarred his skin” . A mother is furious after a teacher at a day-care facility her five-year-old son attended, scrubbed a temporary Chuck E.

Chemical in fake tan linked to obesity and diabetes

Chemical in fake tan and make-up linked to obesity and diabetesPhthalates are widely used in a range of cosmeticsStudy finds link to weight gain and insulin resistance | UPDATED: 12:31 GMT, 13 April 2012 A study found that a chemical commonly used in cosmetics can increase the risk of obesity A chemical used in make-up and self tanning lotions has been linked to obesity.

Cleaning the house can kill off your sense of smell (and so can ignoring toothache!)

Cleaning the house can kill off your sense of smell (and so can ignoring toothache!) Vital: Our sense of smell is important in alerting us to potential dangers Our ability to smell vastly improves our enjoyment of life — indeed, it’s thought that 90 per cent of our sense of taste is actually down to smell.

Maggots clean wounds faster than surgeons

Maggots clean wounds faster than surgeons – as long as patients can stomach it Maggots may trump scalpels when it comes to cleaning large wounds that won”t heal easily, such as those seen in diabetics, according to French researchers. To allow such wounds to heal, doctors usually remove infected or dead tissue with scalpels or enzymes, a process they call debridement.