Viewers disgusted by hygiene expert's on-air behavior

Henrik Rothen

Oct.03 - 2023 10:41 AM CET

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Viewers disgusted by hygiene expert's on-air behavior.

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People often appreciate useful household tips, especially when it comes to cleanliness. However, a recent segment featuring a hygiene expert on a morning news show has left viewers feeling more disgusted than enlightened.

Marie-Louise Danielsson-Tham, a professor in food hygiene, appeared on the Swedish morning show to discuss the number of bacteria that can accumulate on a dirty dishcloth. To make her point, she pressed a grimy dishcloth against the face of the show's host, Sofia Geite, who naturally recoiled and exclaimed, "Oh, yuck."

Danielsson-Tham explained that using such a dishcloth on a cutting board and then cutting bread or salad could transfer harmful bacteria, potentially making you sick.

Her advice was to boil the dishcloth at least once a week to kill off bacteria, and she suggested that dish brushes should also be boiled weekly.

The segment has sparked a wave of criticism from viewers.

Comments on the show's social media pages ranged from people claiming they've never fallen ill due to a dirty dishcloth to others accusing the expert of creating unnecessary panic.

One viewer wrote, "What nonsense, I can see for myself when I need to change the cloth. I've never gotten sick from any cloth, and I'm 80 years old."

The incident has raised questions about the role of so-called experts who appear on television. Are they genuinely helping the public, or are they merely sensationalizing everyday issues?

How often do you change your dishcloth, and what are your thoughts on the expert's advice to boil it weekly?