Cleaning news roundup: Toilet shame and air pollution in the UK
Posted on: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Businesses that fail to clean their toilets properly are being named and shamed by a popular Instagram user.
‘Trap Advisor’ is posting images of bathrooms in restaurants online and reviewing them. It has already gained a following of 3,000 people.
Terms such as "Top of the drops", "bog standard" and a "bit of all white" have been used to describe the cleanliness of toilets.
The vast majority of the toilets reviewed are in London, although some were photographed in other locations.
Facilities that were deemed to be particularly clean were also singled out for praise by Trap Advisor.
For example, one spacious toilet in Covent Garden was described as "A room with a loo".
On the other hand, a less than desirable bathroom in Chile was captioned as "Not a tourist trap".
However, Trap Advisor is not the only outlet that critiques bathroom standards.
For example, a website named Toilet Inspector has encouraged web visitors to upload reviews of toilets across the UK.
Some of the poorest service providers were named and shamed in the ‘five lowest ratings’ list.
A separate app known as Toilet Finder links users with desirable bathroom facilities all over the globe.
It features more than 120,000 toilet facilities and can even be used via the Apple Watch.
Indoor air pollution
Indoor pollution is potentially fatal to the health of consumers, according to new findings.
A report published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) showed that indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths in 12 months in countries across Europe.
Of course, there are recognised sources of indoor pollution such as gas appliances and smoking.
However, cleaning products and air fresheners may also contribute significantly to poorer air quality.
Furthermore, mould and mildew in poorly ventilated rooms are also known causes of illnesses.
The report stated: “Being indoors can offer some protection against outdoor air pollution, but it can also expose us to other air pollution sources. There is now good awareness of the risks from badly maintained gas appliances, radioactive radon gas and second-hand tobacco smoke, but indoors we can also be exposed to NO2 from gas cooking and solvents that slowly seep from plastics, paints and furnishings.
“The lemon and pine scents that we use to make our homes smell fresh can react chemically to generate air pollutants, and ozone-based air fresheners can also cause indoor air pollution."
It stated that pollutants both inside and outside the home may be contributing to thousands more deaths than previously estimated.
Other diseases linked to air pollution are cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity and dementia.
Speaking about the findings, Dr Andrew Goddard from the RCP said: "Taking action to tackle air pollution in the UK will reduce the pain and suffering for many people with long-term chronic health conditions, not to mention lessening the long-term demands on our NHS.
"This is not just a job for government, local authorities or business – as individuals we can all do our part to reduce pollutant exposure."
Although research published in 2008 revealed that 29,000 deaths per year are caused by outdoor air pollution in the UK, that figure is now thought to have risen to 40,000.
But it still pales in comparison to the 99,000 deaths per year created by indoor air pollution.
Professor Jonathan Grigg, said: “We also ask the public to consider ways of reducing their own contribution to air pollution by taking simple measures such as using public transport, walking and cycling, and not choosing to drive high-polluting vehicles.”