Lysol(R) Healthy Home Tour Helps Families Stay Healthy

Home Expert Constance Ramos and Germ Expert Joe Rubino Educate Consumers on

the Importance of Disinfecting the Home

Jul 14, 2005, 01:00 ET from Lysol

    PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The key to keeping a family
 healthy starts with keeping a healthy home -- and understanding the difference
 between a home that is clean and a home that is disinfected is especially
 important during the hot summer months when foot traffic is at its highest. If
 yours is like most American households, millions of germs and bacteria are
 already lurking where you least expect them.
     Constance Ramos, designer on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television
 series, is teaming up with Lysol(R) germ expert Joe Rubino to educate
 consumers on the best ways to design and clean the home with healthy living in
     "I'm constantly thinking of ways to design a home safely -- not just
 structurally, but also in terms of what surfaces and fixtures will be easiest
 to maintain," says Ramos.  "Choosing the right materials and accents -- from
 kitchen countertops and appliances to bathroom tiles and shower curtains --
 and using Lysol to clean and disinfect can help protect your family from germs
 that cause illness."
     Constance offers the following advice for designing and maintaining a
 healthy home:
     *  Set the Tone -- Are you casual and comfortable? Modern and sleek?
        Floral, pastel and pretty? Take your family's style into consideration
        and agree on a theme before you begin decorating.
     *  Build and Maintain Healthy Halls and Walls -- For bathrooms, select
        tiles that are mildew and bacteria resistant. For kitchens, choose
        countertops that are non-porous. Porous surfaces tend to trap oil and
        germs. All of these surfaces should be cleaned at least once a week.
     *  Keep It Clean -- According to the Center for Disease Control, some
        viruses and bacteria can live two hours or longer on surfaces like
        tables, doorknobs and desks. Cleaning and disinfecting these "hot
        spots" regularly are the keys to keeping a healthy home.
     *  Furnish With Fun -- Choose furniture and appliances that are easy to
        clean and maintain. Appliance surfaces should be cleaned once a week.
        Upholstered couches and chairs should be vacuumed every few weeks.
     *  Color Your Home -- Use the color of your furnishings to help you select
        complementary colors for your walls. Non-toxic paints are your best
        option since they don't contain harmful chemicals found in common paint
     The common cold is usually caught in the home, and kitchens and bathrooms
 harbor the most germs. Lysol(R) microbiologist Joe Rubino adds these tips for
 keeping a healthy home:
     *  Wash Your Hands Often -- Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways
        to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.  If you know that someone
        in your family is sick, wash your hands even more frequently than
        usual.  It is especially important to wash your hands before, during
        and after you prepare food, before and after you use the bathroom,
        after handling animals or animal waste and when your hands are dirty.
     *  Disinfect Hot Spots -- "Hot spots," or commonly touched areas where
        viruses and bacteria may linger, need to be disinfected regularly --
        especially when you have a large family or guests over, when areas such
        as counter tops, doorknobs, toilet seats and light switches get more
        traffic than usual.
     *  Know the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting -- Cleaning and
        disinfecting are not the same thing. Cleaning with soap and water
        removes dirt and most of the germs. Disinfecting will actually destroy
        the germs and prevent the spread of these dangerous germs to others.
        Using Lysol(R) Disinfectant Sprays and Wipes is a convenient way to
        ensure that your home is both clean and properly disinfected.
     *  Handle Food Properly -- Always check food expiration dates, and wrap
        raw meat, poultry and seafood securely before refrigerating to avoid
        raw juices from leaking and spoiling other food. Wash fresh produce
        carefully, as it can harbor E. coli, and cook food at the proper USDA-
        recommended temperatures. Properly clean food preparation areas like
        counters and sinks with a disinfecting cleaner, and wash your hands
        often when handling raw foods.
     "Food-borne and other illnesses are preventable if you follow some common
 sense steps.  These include regular handwashing, proper food handling and
 preparation, such as cooking meats and poultry thoroughly, and using household
 cleaners that also disinfect," says Rubino. "With the right cleaning methods
 and a little germ know-how, everyone can keep a cleaner, healthier home."
     About Constance Ramos
     Constance Ramos combines her prodigious design, architectural and
 theatrical talents on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." She holds a Bachelor
 of Architecture degree from Kansas State University. Through her company,
 Constance Ramos Designs, she has worked for a variety of corporations,
 including Walt Disney Imagineering, Mattel, Sony Corporation, I.M. Pei &
 Partners and her family's firm, Ramos Design Corporation. Her projects consist
 of the design of commercial structures, multi-family complexes, regional
 shopping centers, cinemas, themed retail centers, hotels and educational
     About Joe Rubino
     Microbiologist Joe Rubino is the Director of Global Surface Care, R&D,
 Support Sciences at Reckitt Benckiser Inc. He joined Reckitt Benckiser
 (formerly Reckitt & Colman, Inc.) in 1987 as Group Leader, Microbiology,
 advancing to Section Manager, Biological Sciences in 1991 and to Director,
 Biological Sciences in 1995. He has co-authored a number of papers on
 antimicrobial agents, transmission of agent and infectious agents and
 infection control strategies and has presented papers on numerous occasions at
 major scientific and trade organization meetings including ASM, CPSA, SDA and
 the Pasteur Institute.
     About Lysol / Reckitt Benckiser, Inc.
     Reckitt Benckiser Inc. is a subsidiary of U.K.-based Reckitt Benckiser
 plc, the world leader in household cleaning (excluding laundry) and a major
 player in health and personal care.  Reckitt Benckiser Inc. manufactures,
 markets and sells household, cleaning and specialty food products in North
 America, generating more than $1.8 billion in sales annually. These products
 include Lysol(R) cleaners and disinfectants, Air Wick(R) air fresheners,
 Resolve(R) cleaners, Electrasol(R) automatic dishwasher detergent, Veet(R)
 depilatory, Jet-Dry(R) rinse agent, Spray 'n Wash(R) laundry stain removers,
 and French's(R) foods, including mustard and GourMayo(TM). Reckitt Benckiser's
 more than 20,000 employees conduct operations in 60 countries and sales in 180
 countries, with global sales of more than $5 billion. For additional
 information about Reckitt Benckiser, visit