One interesting line of thought that I've been entertaining is, how important is it to have our homes disinfected? Clearly the goal of cleaning a home is different than cleaning a hospital or dental office, and perhaps, just maybe, "clean" but not disinfected is best for a home setting. The Hygiene Hypothesis might support this thought too. I ran across this over at My Two Hats the other day:
"...digging in the dirt may be healthy is the hygiene hypothesis. This theory, bandied about for a number of years now, states that as our environment gets cleaner and cleaner, the way in which our immune system interacts with the environment changes. Because the immune system isn’t challenged in the same way, it may not develop in the same way. The theory suggests that kids who have far fewer exposures to microbes may have higher risk of some diseases, such as asthma and eczema. Of course, this is still a “theory”, and we must approach it with a balanced perspective."
This is not the first time I've come across this line of thought, and it mostly makes sense to me, but again, I haven't fully looked into it either.
What are your thoughts about using bleach in your home? What is important to you to disinfect? The bathroom? Kitchen sink?