Think of all the things you do with your cell phone–it goes in your pocket, you take it to the movies and put it in that little cup holder, you sit it on restaurant tables, you place it on the public bathroom counter while you’re washing your hands. We won’t even talk about your friends and family using it or your kid playing all those games on it. And, think about those times you use your phone (for whatever) while you are on the toilet. (Don’t pretend you don’t do it.)
So let me ask you this: When was the last time you cleaned your cell phone?
According to a recent report on Yahoo News, cell phones can carry 10 times the amount of bacteria than a toilet seat because we clean toilet seats frequently (in theory) and rarely clean our cell phones.
4 Other Germ-Ridden Everyday Items That Will Make You Cringe
1. Remote Controls
Remote controls carry a great deal of germs because they are shared across your entire family and hardly ever cleaned. Take an antibacterial wipe to those things, will ya?
2. Purses, Backpacks and Briefcases
You carry around your purse or briefcase into restaurants, airports, airport bathrooms, and then you bring them home and put them right on the kitchen counter. Yuck. Also, think about all those places your kids put their backpacks (ok, on second thought, don’t think about it). Have a designated area (not the kitchen counter or table) to hang up or place the purses, backpacks and briefcase so you’re not spreading that germ love from outside all around your house.
3. Spices in Your Cabinet
You cut that raw chicken and then what do you do? Reach right into your spice cabinet for those things that will make that chicken all yummy. This means your spices have all kinds of bacteria on them. Be sure to wash your hands before you handle them.
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4. Pet Toys
An ABC report stated, “Twenty-three percent of pet toys were found to harbor potentially dangerous staph bacteria – the highest staph percentage of any household item studied.” Fido sure is cute, but he’s not clean. Wash those soft toys in the washer and clean those hard fetch toys with soap, water and a little bleach.
How do you handle getting the germ level to a minimum at your house?
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