Secret Hiding Spots for Germs You Should Be Aware Of!
There are a few things that we keep rather close to us, but unfortunately we don’t clean them or change them regularly enough! A great example is your pillows and sheets.
Pillows and Sheets
Let’s be honest – most of us could change the sheets and even pillowcases a bit more often. Not only is it sanitary, but the germs and bacteria festering there can be the underlying cause of other issues. Dead skin cells, mites, mold, and fungus are also common pillow stuffers, the research shows. Somewhat surprising, synthetic pillows actually harbor a lot more bacteria than older down pillows because synthetic fibers aren’t woven as tightly. Here are a few more common items that you should make sure to clean a bit more often.
A report from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) found 27 percent of toothbrush holders are contaminated with sickness-causing bacteria like Staph. The report also turned up a previously unknown kind of bacterium related to E. coli. In fact, after lots of testing, the NSF scientists concluded the place you stick your toothbrush is probably the dirtiest spot in your bathroom.
Your Coffee Makers Water Reservoir
Regardless of whether you’ve owned a coffee maker for years or you’ve recently purchased one, I bet you haven’t read the instructions on how to clean it properly. I imagine you clean the carafe and the filter holder, but when was the last time you thought to disinfect and clean the water reservoir? Yeah, it’s been a while or you didn’t even realise you needed to. That’s a problem, because another NSF study found mold or yeast present in 50 percent of the reservoirs they tested.
How to clean it: Check your coffee maker’s instructions, but most recommend filling the reservoir with white vinegar, brewing until half of the vinegar has drained into the carafe, and then letting the maker sit for an hour before completing the brew cycle and re-running with clean water a few times to flush out the vinegar.
Keys and Key Boards
From your keyboard to the house keys in your pocket, both types are absolutely coated with germs. And if you’re like most people, you never clean them. One U.K. report found the average keyboard contains five times more sickness-causing bacteria than the average public toilet seat.
How to clean them: When it comes to your keys or keyboard, a few swipes with wet wipes now and then will clear away germs.
It goes everywhere with you, sits around on public tabletops and counters, and it’s often warm—creating an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Your phone is gross, and its smooth glass surfaces are also great transporters of microbes, shows a Stanford University study.
How to clean it: Again, disinfectant wipes are your best option.
They sit close to the ground where dirt and street muck splash all over them as you walk. And according to a University of Arizona study, shoes and laces typically harbor millions of microorganisms.
How to clean them: Soak your laces in hot soapy water or toss them in the machine with your clothes.
Purses and Bags
You take it everywhere and plop it down on at least a few public surfaces a day (counter tops, bus seats, bathroom floors, etc.).
How to clean it: That depends a lot on your type of purse. But most can be cleaned off with wet wipes or soapy water.