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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