As we approach winter, we become exposed to all the nasty germs that come with the many common infections such as the flu, cold, sore throat, bronchitis and others. These infections are more than capable of forcing an individual to spend their winter sick and in bed. Furthermore, if you don't manage the germs appropriately you can end up on a merry-go-round cycle of the infection spreading from one family member to the other and round again.
Now think about what you touch each day and how dirty these everyday things might be. Ask yourself "What is the best way to avoid speading these germs to the rest of your family members"? The best way is to wash your hands before, during and after. And when in doubt, wash them again. There is a right way to wash your hands by using warm soapy water and rubbing them together for at least 15 seconds. This is about as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday." Teach your children how to correctly wash their hands, while entertaing them with your great singing skills.
Think about what happens when you sneeze or cough, even when you aren't sick. According to the researchers at the University of Bristol, 100,000 contagious germs shoot out into the air at 161 kilometres per hour. You then say "OK, I'll sneeze or cough into my hand" BUT then you touch something and so the germs on your hands stick to it and spread to the next person that touches that item or surface. There are four major types of germs we are exposed to: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. They can invade plants, animals, and people, and sometimes they can make us sick.
Below are 6 of the dirtiest things you touch each day in your home that carry very nasty germs that can potentially make you very sick.
1. SINKS, FAUCETS
These areas are a great place for germs to gather and spread due to the wet environment as they do best in a warm, moist, protein-rich environment that is pH neutral or low acid.
2. TOOTHBRUSHES AND TOOTHBRUSH HOLDERS
Again, these are a great place for germs to gather and spread due to the environment. Secondly, our toothbrushes are usually near the toilet and the lid needs to be down when flushing, otherwise everything within a 1.5 to 1.8 metre radius is sprayed with toilet germs.
3. REFRIGERATOR HANDLES
The handle to your home refrigerator door could be playing host to a variety of foul germs, not to mention regular yeast and mold. You touch these and then transfer them to the food you are about to eat. Yuck, doesn't sound good!
4. REMOTE CONTROLS
According to the research done by NSF International, your remote is covered with germs like Coliform bacteria, mold, and potentially even the infection-causing Staphylococcus aureus. Their research said the remotes in hotels were covered in even more dangerous germs, that could potentially make you very sick.
5. PHONES, TABLETS AND COMPUTER MOUSE
Just think about your phones, tablets and even the computer mouse you use. They are caked with countless types of bacteria for example Staphylococcus aureus. This causes skin infections, pneumonia and food poisoning, among other conditions.
The narrow spacings of your keyboard house Staph, Coliform, yeast, and mold. And we all know how we sit at the computer keyboard eating our morning tea and how the food becomes covered by germs which ultimately end up in our mouth. Yuck!
So the moral to the blog is: Wash your hands and keep everything clean to avoid the germ build up in your home.
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