This article, entitled Some Top Germ “Hot Spots”….Like Lemons With Fecal Matter…Seriously comes from partner site 719woman.com.
I KNOW that I don’t wash my hands enough. I do wash my hands a lot when cooking but I don’t even think about washing them after shopping, going to the library or any other public place. Now I typically wash my hands before eating, but, there have been many times I’ve come home from the mall and popped a chip (or two) without washing my hands…it’s a wonder I’m still alive!
Some of these germ hot spots are probably areas you already know about. A few may surprise you though and I bet at least one is something you’ve probably never even thought about. Of course any surface can have germs on them, so without becoming obsessive about every single thing you touch, just know that the number one way germs are spread are by touching your mouth, eyes or nose with germy hands. Wash them often and well, and when out in public, carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer…believe me, you’ll want to when you read some of these.
This is just some of the top germiest hot spots in your home…
The top ten germiest areas in your home, according to the National Science Foundation, NSF, are…(listed in order with number one being the most “germy” area found in most homes):
I spray hydrogen peroxide on my counters, cutting boards and sink for a quick and inexpensive disinfectant. I bought my bottle for $1.00, put a spray top on it and keep it under my sink (you always want to store it in an area that doesn’t get sun). Shake before using. Hydrogen peroxide has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency as an effective sanitizing agent. It can be used as a disinfecting agent to kill bacteria when sprayed onto cutting boards, counter tops, or other hard surfaces.
And here’s one that I never even thought about…your vacuum. According to studies at the University of Arizona, 100% of vacuum-cleaner brushes and powerheads are loaded with mold, and at least 51% of them test positive for fecal bacteria. Vacuuming can spread those germs from contaminated areas to cleaner spots. Spray the vacuum brushes with a disinfectant spray like Clorox or Lysol after every use.
So, now that I’m afraid to touch anything, I guess I’ll go clean my coffee pot and throw those cat bowls in the dishwasher! And then wash my hands.