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Everyday Items That Have A Crazy Amount Of Germs

This is not an easy read. Just remember; you have an arsenal of tools to keep you safe from the germs you encounter every day. 

If you need help keeping your home germ-free, talk to any staff member at Prime Care. 

Let’s start by identifying germs in the kitchen. 

Here we find some of the top germ magnets in your home. Between raw meats and moist sponges, your kitchen has a lot of germs that need to be dealt with properly. Many of the traditional wipe-downs and scrubs we do to keep our kitchen clean simply aren’t enough. 

Fear not. Here is what you can do with... 

  • Your sponge. It’s opposite to think about because a sponge is what you use to clean with. However, a sponge retains moisture. This makes it a perfect environment for germs. It needs to be disinfected in your dishwasher or microwave and replaced every week. 
  • All cutting boards. Cutting boards accumulate a lot of bacteria when they are used to cut raw meats. A simple wipe down with soap won’t do the trick. Most people don’t know the difference and simply rinse it off. It’s always a good idea to disinfect any area where food is prepared. 
  • The coffee mugs you take to work. Don’t leave them in the break room. Take them home and give them a proper wash. 

Germs in your pocket. 

The smartphones we carry around and use throughout the day are picking up the same germs our hands do. We wash our hands regularly, but do you remember the last time you washed your phone? 

Disinfecting your cellular phone could be as simple as using a disinfectant wipe. However, most of us don’t think to do this. 

Smartphones aren’t the only germy things in your pocket, your wallet is a prime spot for germs as well. The reason? Money. Bills and coins are often full of germs. Our wallets usually hang out in our pockets where it is warm. This makes an ideal environment for germs to spread and grow. 

Keep this in mind the next time you handle any kind of currency. Wash your hands as soon as possible to prevent those germs from doing any harm. 

The germs you encounter while washing your hands. 

Bathrooms have plenty of germy spots we know to avoid. But there are a few that often go unnoticed. No one suspects the handtowels next to your bathroom sink — they are there for hand-washing reasons. However, not everyone washes their hands thoroughly. The towels next to your sink do a good job of collecting moisture. Germs get on the towel and grow in the moist environment. 

Depending on use, and how much you trust the hand-washing skills of those you share the bathroom with, this handtowel needs to be washed often. Otherwise, it won’t matter how diligently you wash your hands. Your efforts are almost instantly reversed when you use the towel.  

Bath towels and washrags should also be frequently disinfected. While you are likely the only one using them, they still get germy from being out in the open with plenty of moisture. 

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