Guess Where Germs And Bacteria Are Living?
28th OF August 2012
We come into contact with millions of germs and bacteria everyday, despite our best efforts to avoid touching escalator rails, poles on trains, and toilet doors with our bare hands. But what about the not-so-obvious places? We put the microscope on six unlikely spots germs and bacteria are found…
1. Your toothbrush
Germs and bacteria love a moist environment, so your toothbrush makes an attractive home for germs to set up shop. There’s also the fact that every time the toilet is flushed, fecal bacteria is projected into the air, so it’s highly likely your toothbrush is teeming with nasty microbes.
Tip: Close the toilet lid every, time you flush and replace your toothbrush every three months.
It’s one of the reasons jewellery is forbidden in operating rooms – to safeguard against germs and bacteria. Think about it, we wash our hands multiple times per day, but it’s almost impossible to get up into those nooks and crannies of our rings.
Tip: always remove rings prior to preparing food to avoid unwanted houseguests being transmitted into your meal.
3. Yoga mats
All those sweaty movements and bare feet can make for one germ and fungi-ridden yoga mat. Germs picked up from yoga mats can cause infections like athlete’s foot and plantar warts.
Tip: If you haven’t invested in your own yoga mat yet, now is the time! Clean it with antibacterial spray after every workout.
4. Green grocery bags
Go you for going green, but it’s time to go clean too! Reused grocery bags can carry fecal bacteria from unwashed veggies and raw meat. Seriously.
Tip: Washing your grocery bags in the machine or by hand will reduce germs and bacteria by 99.9%.
5. Your handbag
When we aren’t carrying them around, where are they? Sitting on the floors of bathrooms, movie theatres, restaurants, buses and trains. Studies have shown the outside bottom of women’s handbags are teeming with millions of germs and bacteria including fecal germs. Eww!
Tip: Wipe down bags every week with antibacterial cloths.
We wash our sheets and pillowcases often, but what about the actual pillow? Pillows harbor mould, dead skin cells, dust mites and bacteria, which can cause allergies.
Tip: Wash pillows ever three months and change bed linen weekly.
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