Top Worst Germ Hot spots
Germs is a collective term for various kinds of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms. They can be found everywhere in the office, home and even in your car. Among them 99% are not harmful to us. But, only 1% of them can be extremely annoying and scary.
We come into contact with these microorganisms regularly. According to the Wall Street Journal, an average office desk can be a breeding ground for at least 400 times more germs than the toilet seat. The ATM machine which we use regularly is also not cleaner than the public restroom’s doorknob. There are dozens of everyday objects, which you touch regularly that causes crawling of several bacteria and viruses on to your body and make you sick. Read on to get more information about the most important germiest places you encounter in daily life and the ways to clean them properly.
Kitchen – The dishrags and sponges which are used to clean dishes are in reality the breeding centre of bacteria like E.coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus, as revealed by a study in the University of Arizona. Microwave sponges or put in a bleach solution to get germ free sponges. You can also run them in the dishwasher. Microwave method is best as it kills 99.99% of all germs, while dish washing method kills 99.98% germs as stated by a study done by some microbiologists at Safety Laboratory in Beltsville and USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Food Technology, Maryland.
Bathroom – You will be surprised to know that toilet is not the dirtiest place in the bathroom, but the shower, bathtub, sinks, curtains and your toothbrush can harbor tons of bacteria. Once a week, disinfection of whole bathroom is very necessary with a bleach solution or antibacterial cleaner. Shower curtain liner should be changed regularly. With a shower cleaner, sprint your bath tub and tiles daily. Also, replace your toothbrush once a month or after you have just got relieved from cold.
TV remote – Do you remember when did you wipe your remote last? The probable answer can be never. It is regularly touched by every member of the house and you often curl up with it when you are eating or even when you are sick. Always wipe remote with a disinfectant wipe every another day, importantly when a member of the family is sick.
Office desk – You touch more than 50 bacteria hidden in the office desk. These bacteria can come from eating at your desk, sharing a phone, stapler and from keyboards. Some bacteria and viruses can potentially cause infection to a person for 2 hours or longer after being deposited on surfaces such as doorknobs, cafetaria tables and desks. Once a week, clean your keyboard, phone, mouse and desk with a disinfectant wipe.
Elevator buttons – The elevator buttons are overrun with germs as it is continuously touched by everyone. When you touch the lift buttons, wash your hands with soap and hot water when you reach your destination.
Money – You can buy material objects with money, but it can also buy you sick days. Paper currency are mostly infected with bacteria like Pneumococcus and Staphylococcus, as reported by a study in the the Southern Medical Journal. Flu virus strains can be potent on bank notes for 10 to 17 days. High infection rate is found in paper money as it is traded highly between hands. To stop contamination to your clothes, keep bills inside the purse. Also, wash your hands with soap or use an alcohol based solution after every transaction.
Cell phone – This is a small device which you keep always and take it everywhere like grocery store, meetings and also some people take it to bathrooms. Cell phones easily puck up germs from a dirty check out counter, office desk, school desk or toilet tops and can immediately transfer to your hands, ears, cheeks and mouth. The microorganisms causing diseases can live for weeks on your cell phone. Thus, clean it with a disinfectant wipe daily.
Backpacks and Handbags – Like mobile phones, handbags and backpacks are also prone to get infected with microorganisms. But unlike mobile phones, your bag mostly enjoys the floors of restaurants, subway floors, bathroom stalls and bus station floors. Such places can be highly infected with several bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli, which can easily adhere to the bottom of bags and can spread easily to other places where you put the bag like dining room table or the kitchen counter etc. Thus to keep away the germs, hang the bag off the floor and brush off dirt. If possible, you can wash and wipe your bag with soap and warm water regularly to get rid of germs.
Machines in gym – Immunity develops by working out, but while touching the common machines in the gym can lead to harmful health issues. The equipments in the gym provide a perfect environment for bacteria, fungus and viruses to thrive. They can cause painful skin diseases. Hence, when you go on a machine, completely bandage all your open wounds to avoid infection. Also, exercise an excellent hand hygiene after workout.
Make up testers in the mall – Free make up testers are tried on many people who come in the mall for shopping. Make up like lipstick and mascara are the common cosmetics which every other person tries. They contain bacteria like E.coli and Staphylococcus, which crawl on the outer casing of these testers. You can also get herpes if the previous person with cold had tried the tester. Mascara and eye pencils can lead to pink eye. Thus the more safest way to stay away from these diseases is to avoid using the testers. Try a new lipstick shade on the back of your hand and do not forget to wash it after testing.
The other places where these microorganisms can thrive are ATM machine buttons, shopping cart handles, air plane bathroom and seats. Hence, follow a healthy routine to stay away from diseases caused by these microorganisms.