I’ve got another good reason not to be hygienic at home

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Zella had a fantastic day at Titchfield Haven and wonders what other local gems she's overlooked      Picture: Gary Taw

ZELLA COMPTON: Looking afresh at our beautiful spot in the world

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I knew there was a reason that my home wasn’t the cleanest on the block.

I’d just forgotten it for a while, but every now and then some research pops up which reminds me.

When the children were little I said the lack of cleanliness was to help them develop some immunity.

But now they’re older and immune to pretty much all winter bugs (that might be because we live in sub-zero temperatures), I needed another reason to be occasionally unhygienic.

That’s just dropped on to my plate with recent research that draws a parallel with germy conditions and Alzheimer’s.

Yes, I’m simplifying the situation, but less ‘sterile’ countries than ours apparently have a much lower rate of dementia. Hmmm.