Lurking Germs

Top Spots for Germs to Hide
Germs are everywhere. Unless you live in a bubble, there’s not much that you can do to avoid them. Think about all of the places that you visit throughout your day – restrooms, restaurants, your office, your children’s school. Most of those places are filled with germs that could potentially make you sick. Since some places may be worse than others, here are five germy spots that you may want to watch out for or take extra precautions to protect yourself.

Doorknobs & Handles
It doesn’t matter if it’s the handle on your fridge door or the doorknob in a public restroom, germs can live on these surfaces for up to two days! Wipe these hotspots in your house down with disinfectant wipes regularly, especially after colds or other illnesses. Be sure to use paper towels to open the bathroom door in public restrooms and avoid touching the handle.

Computer Keyboard
Eating, sneezing, or coughing will send germs flying all over your keyboard. The tiny crevices make it a perfect spot for germs to lurk. Wash your hands before you use your computer. If you eat while working, then be sure to use a vacuum to suck out tiny crumbs between the keys, and blow out dust using canned air. Most importantly, be sure to wipe it down regularly with alcohol wipes, or spray it with disinfectant and let it dry.

Kitchen Sink
Your kitchen sink is actually one of the germiest spots in your house! Everything gets tossed in there – raw food, scraps, and dirty dishes. Plus since it’s constantly being used, it stays wet and never really gets a chance to dry. Simply spray your sink down each night with a disinfectant spray. No need to wipe.

Kitchen Sponge
If you’re using a sponge to wipe down your counter then most likely you’re spreading germs all over. Be sure to throw the sponge into your dishwasher every couple of days or microwave it for one minute after the last dishes of the day are done to kill the germs.

Store your toothbrush in an upright position, so the water drains away from the bristles. Also keep it as far away from the toilet as possible, and be sure to close the lid when flushing. And don’t allow family members brushes to touch. Consider soaking your brush in an antimicrobial mouthwash or running it through the dishwasher on a regular basis. Finally, if you’ve been sick then toss it and buy a new one you can try these out.

Of course the best way to protect yourself from germs is to wash your hands. Be sure to wash them frequently and follow the proper hand washing steps recommended by the CDC. 

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