Thinking about exposure to germs and germs in general often conjure up thoughts of public places. For some people, the public transportation system and public bathrooms leap to mind when they think about germs. There is no denying that there are risks to being exposed to germs in these places. However, your home is a virtual Petri dish of germs. There is a higher likelihood that you will be exposed to more germs at home. Below are 8 of the germiest things you can touch:
The dish cloth or sponge that is used to wash your dishes creates an ideal environment for the growth of germs. These items are typically used to “clean” countertops and other surfaces. This makes the situation even more troubling since it increases the odds of the kitchen becoming cross-contaminated.
To solve this problem, toss the items in the washing machine between uses. Allow them to completely dry out between uses. This will assist in killing some of the bacteria. Alternatively, you can dip the dish rag in a sink of diluted bleach solution.
It is worth noting that just about every bathroom comes with lots of germs. However, studies have indicated that you can sit on the toilet seat of a public bathroom without experiencing any adverse effect.
To solve the germy situation in the bathroom, always wash your hands thoroughly. When leaving the bathroom, use paper towel to open the door.
3) Kitchen Sink
The kitchen is much more contaminated with germs than the bathroom. Studies indicate that the kitchen sink harbors approximately 100,000 bacteria for each square centimeter. In the average toilet, there are 100 bacteria for each square centimeter.
This can be attributed to the fact that toilets are cleaned and disinfected much more often than kitchen sinks. Germs also flourish in moist environments. Additionally, preparing foods brings in hazardous bugs like salmonella and E. coli. Germs are also spread from hands that are not properly washed.
To solve this problem, disinfect the sink, especially faucet handles and the drain, with much greater frequency.
4) Bathroom Hand Towel
As was previously established, germs thrive in moist environments; therefore, the hand towel in the bathroom is a prime candidate for harboring germs. Using a shared bathroom hand towel could expose you to things like the flu virus or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
To solve this issue, use hand and face towels once, dry them between uses and wash them in the sanitizing cycle.
5) Bar of Soap
A bar of soap is not typically a disinfecting or sanitizing product. It is designed as a cleaning product. Since these bars are not designed to kill germs, they can wind up collecting germs and spreading them to unsuspecting victims. A lot of people are not aware of this and might even think it is ridiculous. However, a bar of soap should be cleaned after it is used. That is particularly essential if the bar is shared among members of the household.
To solve this problem, you can use body washes, shower gels and liquid soap. Just remember to have the pump disinfected with some amount of regularity.
6) Car Seat
Children’s car seats are infamous for harboring tons of germs. Actually, the car seat is likely to have more germs when compared to your toilet.
To solve the car seat issue, ensure that you keep those grubby little hands clean. Use hand sanitizer on the hands of your kids as often as necessary.
7) Cell Phone
Personal electronics should be considered extensions of your hands. They are constantly in your hands and therefore, these devices can become as germ-laden as your hands.
The perfect solution lies in safely cleaning these devices on a regular basis. Find out about safe ways to clean your electronics without causing damage.
8) Backpack or Purse
Think carefully about where your backpack or purse has been before plopping it on your bed or kitchen table. Perhaps you put your bag on the floor at school or at the workplace. You may even rest your bag on the subway platform to avoid having to hold it. In these cases, your bag will certainly pick up all types of germs.
To solve this problem, hang your bags on designated hooks or leave them by the door when you get off the road.
After being exposed to 8 of the germiest things you can touch, wash your hands with warm water and soap for between 20 and 30 seconds. Use most of the time to lather up and rub your hands together. Rinse the soap off after lathering between 15 and 20 seconds.