Top 10 germiest objects to avoid

Winter 2009 CSANews Issue 73  |  Posted date : Dec 12, 2009.Back to list

Keeping our immune system strong is vital in the fight against flu germs this winter – and so is pinpointing the most likely places those little pathogens hang out.

While many health professionals are reminding us to wash our hands more thoroughly and frequently – and to support your hard working immune system with supplements like Immunity FS – still other researchers are sounding the alarm bell about detrimental behaviour that may not occur to us. For example, here are some everyday situations to avoid:
  1. Soap Dispensers: Most public containers are rarely cleaned and dirty-hands cause bacteria to grow exponentially as soap scum builds. Be sure to scrub hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Buttons: Tiny, but readily offensive on elevators, phones, vending and bank machines. Disinfect your hands immediately after use.
  3. Water Fountains: Since sick people are told to drink lots of water, a public fountain is often a germ depot. Research has shown that a spigot can carry twice as much bacteria as a toilet seat. Instead, take your own water with you.
  4. Shopping Carts: Ready potential to cross contaminate between the hands, face and food. E.coli bacterium is common, so wipe cart and hands with a sanitizer.
  5. Restaurant Menu: Germs can survive on a hard surface for 18 hours and menus are rarely cleaned. Keep them away from your plate and flatware and wash your hands once you've ordered.
  6. Ketchup: Since many people don't wash their hands before eating, the condiment bottles can be crawling with germs. Do the job the eaterie should be doing and wipe them down with a sanitizer before use.
  7. Purses & Wallets: In public places, especially restrooms, place your purse on a chair or hook, not the floor. Paper money especially carries germ so wash your hands or sanitize after a purchase.
  8. Phones: Due to saliva, the mouthpiece is usually dirtier than the handle. If using any phone but your own, clean first.
  9. Remote Controls: Did you know that a TV remote control is often the dirtiest object in a hotel room? Disinfect it at home and certainly when you travel.
  10. Laundry Machines: To kill germs effectively, especially in underwear, use very hot water and dry for a full 45 minutes. Without this, wet clothes can leave germs all over your hands.