Watch Out for Germs: 5 Least Suspected Dirty Spots in the House

Germs are everywhere including inside your home. You might even be surprised to find that some of the places you really wouldn’t suspect as dirty are actually germ-infested. Germs like viruses and bacteria are harmful because they weaken the immune system and bring about health problems. Protect yourself and your family from these by knowing all the dirty spots in the house, particularly those that you least suspect.

Your Toothbrush
This is shocking for many people but your toothbrush can actually be home to thousands of germs. When you rinse it and put it away while it’s still damp, bacteria are likely to grow on it. What’s even more alarming is how the germs from the toilet can contaminate the tooth brush. When you flush the toilet, this sends spray of droplets into the air. These droplets, which contain loads of bacteria and viruses float into the bathroom for two hours after flushing. These can land into the toothbrush. It’s recommended that you place your toothbrush in a place where you can air it out between uses. Just make sure it’s not too close to the toilet. Always close the toilet lid before you flush it.

Salt and Pepper Shakers
This is yet another unexpected dirty area in the house. A study made by researchers from the University of Virginia in 2008 tested surface areas in the home that contained cold viruses. Each of the salt and pepper shakers that were tested came out positive for cold viruses. It’s important to wipe off the salt and pepper shaker after cleaning the kitchen table. Wash your hands before and after eating to avoid spreading the germs through these shakers.

Kitchen Sink
Cleaning the toilet bowl can gross you out. But do you know that the toilet bowl may be even cleaner than the kitchen sink? Food particles from plates are breeding grounds for bacteria like E. coli and salmonella, which can cause upset stomach and food poisoning. These germs can get onto your hands or spread into the foods that you’re preparing in the kitchen if you’re not careful. Sanitize your sink with bleach and water once a day. Let the solution run down the drain. Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards.

Remote Control
Whatever it is that gets passed on a lot surely contains a lot of germs. To avoid getting germs from the remote control, wipe it with an alcohol wipe. And of course, the good old tradition of washing your hands all the time also helps a lot.

Computer Keyboard
When you look at your computer keyboard, what do you see? Letters, of course along with some numbers, symbols, punctuations and the space bar. Oblivious to the naked eye however are those tiny germs that can come from the food that you eat while you type or from the viruses you emit when you cough or sneeze on your keyboard. It’s hard to believe that the keyboard may even contain E. coli and staph that can cause serious health problems. Some keyboards even have five times more germs than a toilet seat. To resolve this, wash your hands before and after you use the computer. As much as possible, don’t eat at your desk. Wipe the keys with damp alcohol wipes, but not too wet that can damage the keyboard.

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