Hygiene issues in the home

Am J Infect Control. 1999 Dec;27(6):S22-5. doi: 10.1016/s0196-6553(99)70038-6.


There is a growing recognition of the involvement of the home in several public health and hygiene issues and of the need to promote effective hygiene practices for the home. Hygiene practice in the home includes the categories of personal hygiene, food hygiene, environmental or surface hygiene, and home health care. This article reviews some of the hygiene risks in the home, including the role of cross-contamination via inanimate surfaces and outlines hygiene strategies and guidelines for the home as a means of breaking the chain of cross-contamination.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Disease Control / standards*
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Female
  • Home Nursing / standards*
  • Humans
  • Hygiene / standards*
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • United States