In case you hadn’t noticed, germs are everywhere! But while some germs are completely benign, even beneficial to your health, others can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and even death. But before you douse yourself with hand-sanitizer, check out these places where the sneakiest of germs hide, then follow the tips for better health and (almost) germ-free living.
What’s in Your Wallet… Purse… Gym Bag… A study performed by candy manufacturer Mentos discovered 33 percent of women have never cleaned their handbags—but that wasn’t the worst part. Swab testing of random bags revealed traces of deadly E.coli, Coliforms, Pseudomonas, and even fecal Streptococcus floating around purses, laptop totes, and gym bags. Aside from not eating gum from the bottom of your bag, make sure you clean the inside regularly with a steaming hot cloth and dishwashing gloves.
Oh, Baby! You wouldn’t think to look at them, but those cute high-chairs for babies can also be a breeding ground for bacteria; small wonder with all that food being thrown around! Weekly cleaning of the highchair with a mild disinfectant or anti-bacterial soap is usually sufficient to keep it clean and safe.
Who’s Washing the Washers? A study published in the journal Medical Mycology revealed 60 percent of dishwashers are a field day for fungi like Exophiala, Rhodotorula, and Candida parapsilosis due to the warm, moist environment inside the machines. The fungi may colonize in the lungs, causing infection, especially those with deficient immune systems such as diabetes and cystic fibrosis sufferers. Monthly cleaning is recommended: first wash down the inside with a mix of ¼ cup white vinegar and 2 cups water, paying close attention to the door seal; then run two empty cycles, one with a bowl of vinegar placed in the top rack and one with 1 cup baking soda sprinkled on the floor of the dishwasher.
Germs with Teeth. Season two of the Discovery Channel show “Myth Busters” attempted to disprove that the germs in your toilet can end up on your toothbrush. Unfortunately, it’s completely true. According to the findings, each time a toilet is flushed it sends an aerosol spray of bacteria-laden water into the air, which lands on everything nearby. If you want your bristles clean, the best bet is to keep your toothbrush in a medicine cabinet or drawer, and close the lid before you flush.
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