Reduction of faecal coliform, coliform and heterotrophic plate count bacteria in the household kitchen and bathroom by disinfection with hypochlorite cleaners

J Appl Microbiol. 1998 Nov;85(5):819-28. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2672.1998.00598.x.


Fourteen sites evenly divided between the household kitchen and bathroom were monitored on a weekly basis for numbers of faecal coliforms, total coliforms and heterotrophic plate count bacteria. The first 10 weeks comprised the control period, hypochlorite cleaning products were introduced into the household during the second 10 weeks, and a strict cleaning regimen using hypochlorite products was implemented during the last 10 weeks. The kitchen was more heavily contaminated than the bathroom, with the toilet seat being the least contaminated site. The highest concentrations of all three classes of bacteria were found on sites that were moist environments and/or were frequently touched; these included the sponge/dishcloth, the kitchen sink drain area, the bath sink drain area, and the kitchen faucet handle(s). The implementation of a cleaning regimen with common household hypochlorite products resulted in the significant reduction of all three classes of bacteria at these four sites and other household sites.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Colony Count, Microbial / methods*
  • Cooking and Eating Utensils
  • Disinfection*
  • Enterobacteriaceae / drug effects*
  • Feces
  • Household Articles*
  • Hypochlorous Acid / pharmacology*


  • Hypochlorous Acid