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Stop Spreading Germs: 6 Dirtiest Places in the Home

STOP SPREADING GERMS: 6 Dirtiest Places in the Home Germs like cold viruses and bacteria can live in some unexpected spots. Here are six surprisingly dirty places in your home and what you can do to protect yourself. KITCHEN SINKS DANGER PREVENTION Food particles from plates left to soak or rinsed from dishes on their way to the dishwasher can serve as a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. They can get on your hands or spread to foods. To sanitize your sink and prevent the spread of bacteria, Jefferson Housekeeping recommends washing it with a solution of bleach and water once a day and then letting the solution run down the drain. Remember to remove the drain plug and clean it, too. Then wash your hands. TOOTH BRUSHES DANGER PREVENTION Jefferson Housekeeping recommends placing your toothbrush where it can air out and dry between uses -- but not too close to the toilet. Also, replace If the germs from your own mouth weren't enough to contaminate your toothbrush, the germs from your toilet certainly are. Research found that flushing the toilet sends a spray of bacteria- and virus-contaminated water droplets into air. These germs can float around in the bathroom for at least two hours after each flush before landing on surfaces - including your toothbrush. your toothbrush often, particularly after you've been sick, and close your toilet lid before flushing. SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS DANGER PREVENTION Could one of the dirtiest places in your home be right on the table where you eat? When you wipe the kitchen table after eating, wipe off the salt and pepper shaker too. But your best protection against spreading or picking up germs when you reach for seasonings is to wash your hands - before and after. Unfortunately, yes, according to a 2008 study by researchers at the University of Virginia. In the study, researchers asked 30 adults who were beginning to show signs of a cold, to name 10 places they'd touched in their homes over the previous 18 hours. The researchers then tested those areas for cold viruses. The tests found viruses on 41% of the surfaces tested, and every one of the salt and pepper shakers tested were positive for cold viruses. TV REMOTE CONTROLS DANGER PREVENTION It's dropped on the floor, stuffed between the sofa Jefferson Housekeeping recommends wiping cushions, coughed on and sneezed at. Everyone in remotes with a bleach or alcohol wipe. Aside from the house handles it. the remote control's surface is that, regular hand-washing is the best way to protect yourself against these germs. among the germiest. Researchers found that half of the remote controls tested were positive for cold viruses. COMPUTER KEYBOARDS DANGER PREVENTION If you eat at your computer, sneeze on your keyboard, or sit down to surf the Internet without first washing your hands, your computer keyboard could be a health hazard. In a recent study by a British Wash your hands before and after using your computer. If you must eat at your desk, don't drop crumbs into your keyboard. To clean your keyboard, gently shake out the crumbs or vacuum it. Jefferson Housekeeping recommends wiping the keys with alcohol or bleach wipes, but nothing too wet. And don't forget to wipe the mouse. consumer group, researchers swabbed keyboards for germs and found a host of potentially harmful bacteria, including E. coli and staph. Four of 33 sampled keyboards had enough germs to be considered health hazards. One had levels of germs five times higher than that found on a toilet seat. BATHTUBS DANGER PREVENTION The place where you clean yourself is not so clean itself. A recent study found staphylococcus bacteria in 26% of the tubs tested. A separate study had even worse findings for whirlpool tubs. When Texas A&M University microbiologist Rita efferson Housekeeping recommends cleaning and disinfecting your tub with bleach or bathroom cleaner after bathing, then dry with a clean towel. For whirlpool tubs, the best way to prevent bacteria from accumulating is to clean out the pipes. Moyes, PhD tested 43 water samples from whirlpools, she found that all 43 had mild to dangerous bacterial growth. Almost all showed bacteria from fecal matter; 81% had fungi, and 34% contained staph bacteria. 1-434-989-0481 Jefferson Housekeeping JeffersonHousekeeping.com Come Home to Clean! Sources: http://www.webmd.com/women/home-health-and-safety-9/places-germs-hide http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm Copyright ©2014 Jefferson Housekeeping

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Germs like cold viruses can live in some unexpected places. This infographic shows six surprisingly dirty spots in your home and what you can do to protect yourself.

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