6 Of The Dirtiest, Germ Infested Things You Come In Contact With On A Daily Basis
Ebola is in the news almost daily, however the risk of you contracting Ebola it is very slim. However there are things that you come into contact with only a daily basis that put you at a risk of picking up germs that can make you sick.
We found 6 of the dirtiest, germ infested places that you touch almost daily without giving it a second thought. Click next page below now to continue.
These 6 things you come in contact with daily are germ infested, and nasty. Take a look and remember them next time you’re about to handle these items. Be sure to catch the revealing video on the last page of this post.
1. The kitchen sink.
Yes, seriously! The researchers found that the average kitchen sink harbors about 100,000 bacteria per square centimeter, compared to the average toilet’s 100 bacteria per square centimeter.
And it’s not like the bacteria in the kitchen is less harmful than what you find in the can: “Fecal bacteria in kitchen sinks were in the range of hundreds compared to less than 1 per square centimeter of toilets,” Reynolds said.
There are a few reasons for this: For starters, we clean and disinfect our toilets a lot more often than we do our sinks, Reynolds says. Plus, germs thrive in moist environments (like in a sink drain).
Food prep introduces dangerous bugs like E. coli and salmonella to the equation. Leftover food particles give germs something to feast on.
And then there you are with your (likely) improperly washed hands, turning on and off the faucet, scrubbing dishes, wiping things up — and getting germs everywhere. Yummy.
The solution: The parts of your sink that you should disinfect with much greater frequency: The drain, and the faucet handle. ApartmentTherapy.com offers clear and straightforward step-by-step sink-cleaning instructions, if you don’t know where to begin.
2. That dish sponge, though.
There’s another reason why your kitchen is so filthy: “Your sponge, dishcloth, or common brush you use to wash your dishes … those environments are perfect sites for germs to grow,”
Reynolds said. “Studies at the [University of Arizona] found 60% of home dishcloths tested positive for influenza (around eight samples collected); 32% for MRSA (38 samples collected); 10% for Salmonella; [and] 32% for E. coli,” she said.
Different studies show different percentages, but Reynolds said the evidence is clear: Dishrags in your kitchen are total germ magnets.
And even more troubling is that we often use those towels to “clean” our counters, which means that rather than cleaning up after ourselves, we’re increasing the odds of cross-contamination in the kitchen.
The solution: You can toss your dish-towels in the laundry between each use. You can let them dry out completely between uses, which helps kill off some of the bacteria.
Or (and this is the most effective/easiest thing for people) you can dip your rag in a sink with a dilute bleach solution, Reynolds said.
3. And also the bathroom hand towel.
The same general rules apply here: Germs love moist environments, and thrive on shared towels of any kind (whether in the kitchen or the bathroom).
“If you utilize a shared hand towel in the bathroom, you are likely sharing more than just the towel,” Reynolds said. Sharing things like MRSA, for instance, or the flu virus.
The solution: “Face and hand towels should be single use, dried between use and laundered using the sanitizing cycle on your washing machine,” Reynolds said.
4. Within three to six feet of your toilet.
“When you flush the toilet, studies show it can spray between three and six feet in every direction,” Reynolds says. That means that anything in the splash zone could potentially be contaminated by… whatever you put in the toilet.
“Certainly fecal matter, E. coli, if someone is ill with salmonella infection — anything that can be fecal transmitted can be transmitted form those sprays,” Reynolds said.
The solution: Keep your toothbrush in a drawer or cabinet, and frequently wipe down all surfaces with a disinfecting wipe.
5. That bar of soap.
People don’t really think about that.” And while it may sound ridiculous, you should clean your bar of soap after you use it, Reynolds says. That’s especially true if you share it with people in your household.
The solution: Use liquid soap instead. (Just, uh, remember to disinfect the pump with some regularity). Shown above: Blue Q Liquid Hand Soap, $9.94.
6. In your washing machine.
Prepare yourself for this one: “Most germs are killed in the dryer,” Reynolds said. “So when you’re transferring clean laundry out of your laundry machine, you’re actually touching laundry that’s just covered with fecal matter.”
The solution: Go wash your hands after you transfer the laundry from the washer to the dryer. See the bottom of this post for instructions on how to wash your hands perfectly.
Another thing that’ll help is to wash your clothes on the sanitizing cycle on the washing machine, if possible. Article Source: Buzzfeed.com
You got to see the following video on common places you touch routinely almost every day. We guarantee you will be surprised by some of them. Click next page (below) to see it.
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