Tuesday, March 10, 2009

10 Worst Germ Hot Spots

Locations that may surprise you—and how to make a clean sweep By Alyssa Shaffer

Win the War on Germs

You may scrub your toilet and countertops until they shine, but these scary new bacteria breeding grounds require just as much attention.

Germs (the catchall name for bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms) are everywhere--at home, in the office, even in your car. Luckily, about 99% of them can't harm us. But the other 1% can be annoying, uncomfortable, or downright scary: Most of these pathogens are either viral or bacterial and can cause everything from a runny nose to a potentially life-threatening infection.

You may think you know the obvious places that germs propagate--the doctor's office, the soles of your shoes--but many more germ-friendly locales are completely unexpected yet no less dangerous. We uncovered a host of surprising new spots where germs like to lurk, and offer easy solutions to keep you and your family safe and healthy.


HEATHER said...

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Love you,

Denise said...

Very interesting.

luvmy4sons said...

In a household of all teen boys I think finding my clean spot would be easier! LOL! Great info!

Marsha said...

Door knobs and faucets. Even light plates. How many people think to clean knobs and plates? I try to remember to do those - especially in the high traffic areas like the learning center.