Where the germs lurk

I used to think it was humorous watching my sister-in-law run from germs..Using hand sanitizers (before they were even popular), employing paper towels to open doors, etc. So I investigated- what is it she is so afraid of? I am by no means a germ-a-phob but the discoveries I made are astonishing!  Here’s a list of the germiest places that I know of. I will continue to add as I learn. Feel free to add yours too.

The Kitchen Sink- you would think the toilet seat would be worse! In recent studies 10 of the germiest places found in a home were in the kitchen. The sponge thats used on all the hand washed dishes- throw it out!! It’s full of bacteria and then is everything you “clean” with it. If you just can’t part with it- either put it in the dishwasher through a wash and dry cycle or microwave for 45 seconds on high. A dishcloth would be a much better choice though. The sink itself also has germs lurking about. Be sure to rinse the sink out with each load of dishes. Then follow with cleaning the sink basin with two parts water and one part vinegar. A Hygiene Council report states the kitchen sink contains 100,000 times more germs than the bathroom!

Oh, and bathroom faucets aren’t much better. A University of Arizona study found that bathroom faucets usually contain more harmful germs than a toilet seat.

A load of wet laundry- and this a clean load of wet laundry, not even one that’s been sitting in the washer!! What can be so germy about wet clothes? Surprise!  A recent study found  that anytime you transfer underwear from the washer to the dryer, you’re going to get E.coli on your hands. Just one soiled undergarment can spread bacteria to the whole load and the machine. So what can we do? Use hot water wash for both undergarments and sheets with a good detergent and a capful of vinegar or several drops of tea tree oil, this kills 99.99 percent of germs.  Transfer wet laundry to the dryer quickly so germs don’t multiply, wash underwear separately (there’s about a gram of feces, the size of a small pea, in every pair of dirty underwear), and dry for at least 45 minutes.  Wash your hands after laundering, and run a cycle of vinegar and water between loads to eliminate any lingering germs.

Believe it or not, the remote control… cold viruses can survive for two or more days here. Research found the remote control is one of the top germiest places in the house.

The average phone harbors more than 25,000 microbes per square inch.

The list goes on, however have you ever given the same thought to your office? Subways, public restrooms and theaters are a germ-a-phob’s nightmare but if you stop and think about what could be lurking in your cubicle, you’d reach for the sanitizer too!

When you reach for that cup of coffee to get your day started, the last thing on your mind is what else you can get besides that sweet aroma. But that coffee pot handle has more germs than the toilet seat. The same applies to other break room places like the faucet, fridge handle and sink.

What about that meeting room? Unlike the bathroom, which is scrubbed and disinfected regularly, it rarely gets cleaned. Think about it…lots of people eat, shake hands, and share phones within its confines.

And you can’t hide out in your own cubicle either. The entire desk area is a breeding ground of viruses and bacteria which can cause colds and flu as well as harbor protozoa and fungi. The germiest spots are your phone, keyboard and mouse. These places can also be germier than a toilet seat.

If you eat at your work station, you are adding to the farm of germs lurking about. As is the case with most of us,  you don’t wipe down your desk very often (if ever). Its estimated to be 100 times germier than the average kitchen table.

Does this make you want to run from the office to the nearest store for sanitizer gel and gloves? Be careful on the way out… the elevator buttons, handrails in the stairwell and on the escalator are a HOTBED for germs!

Even though all of these is just plain gross, the best defense to properly wash your hands – as often as 10 times a day – for your own personal hygiene and then to clean around you regularly with natural products targeted at these germs.

Remember… we can make it a cleaner world…naturally!.

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