5 Places Where You Wouldn't Think Germs Are Lurking and How To Clean Them

By: Tracy Phelan

5 Places Where You Wouldn't Think Germs Are Lurking and How To Clean Them

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5 Places Where You Wouldn’t Think Germs are Lurking and How to Clean Them

5 Surfaces that are Actually Germ-Infested and How to Clean Them

Germs can be found literally everywhere. Besides the obvious germy locations like kitchen counters and the toilet, there are some unsuspecting surfaces that may be even dirtier. Here are five places you wouldn’t think germs lurk and how to clean them.

1. Reusable Water Bottles

On a scale of 1-10 of the germiest places on Earth, the reusable water bottle would rank an 11. A recent study conducted on reusable water bottles carried by students found them to be infested with loads of bacteria. They were so germy, in fact, that they should have been declared a toxic hazard. Many people tend to use their water bottles repeatedly without washing them in between. This practice allows bacteria to build up and grow unabated. To make sure your water bottle isn’t a biohazard, soak it in bleach water once a week. Alternately, you can wash it in the dishwasher regularly on the hottest setting to kill any germs that might be hanging around.

2. Keyboards

Many people use computer keyboards all day every day. This necessary piece of equipment is loaded with germs, especially if you don’t wash your hands after using the restroom. Keep your keyboard clean and free of germs by wiping the keys with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol a couple times a week.

3. Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are a breeding ground for bacteria. Cutting meats and veggies on the same board can transfer dangerous germs onto your food. If you use plastic cutting boards, wash them after each use in the dishwasher. If your boards are wooden, place them in the microwave to kill germs.

4. Bath Mats

Your bath mat is a virtual breeding ground for germs. Every time you step out of the shower, you leave behind dampness that attracts moisture-loving bacteria. Wash your bath mats in hot water separate from your other laundry to remove bacteria and discourage mildew growth.

5. Door Knobs and Handles

Door knobs and handles see regular use in a home. As such, bacteria are transferred from one person’s hands to another’s simply by opening the door. This is one way cold and flu viruses spread from person to person, but you can help stop this from happening by cleaning all door knobs, cabinet handles, and drawer pulls with rubbing alcohol on a regular basis.

Germs are so prevalent there’s no way to avoid them entirely. However, you can help slow their growth and deter their spread by keeping the five areas listed above as clean as possible using the methods outlined.

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