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Lysol® recognizes the importance of educating students about healthy habits, both in the classroom and at home so they can stay healthy and won't miss school because of sick days. That's why we've partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to develop materials that help educate students on healthy habits like proper hand washing tips, how to prevent germs from spreading and much, much more!

About College Dorms

When your child goes off to college, he or she will be faced with new germ-related issues that are common in a "group living" environment. He/she will be familiar with personal hygiene strategies ... but this may be the first time that he or she is faced with the responsibility of preventing germs in his or her surroundings.

A recent study by Simmons Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community resulted in some important findings related to the hygiene of dormitory residents, many of whom were living on their own for the first time.

Share these findings with your teen, and discuss the solutions for the various findings.

  • The highest levels of bacteria were found at hand and food contact surfaces: specifically the refrigerator handle and interior, microwave handle, and TV remote. High counts of bacteria were also found on students' personal towels and dormitory floors. These are areas/items that students are responsible for cleaning.
  • High germ counts were also found on the shower floor and wash basin in the communal bathrooms.
  • Germs detected on surfaces included Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus, and MRSA. Read more about these pathogens in Germs 101.
  • A wide range of unsafe foods were stored in dormitory refrigerators. In addition, 46% of refrigerators were operating at a temperature above 40° F, which is the maximum recommended temperature from a food safety standpoint. At higher temperatures, foodborne pathogens can multiply and lead to foodborne illness.

Before your child goes off to college, be sure to discuss proper cleaning and disinfection techniques for the various surfaces he/she will likely encounter in dormitory living, and food safety basics to avoid illness.

See Safe Food Preparation and Disinfection Tips for more information.