These are 3 of the germiest places you’re bound to encounter in an average day – and ways for you to keep clean. After all, eighty percent of infections are spread through hand contact. So wash up and get ready to wage germ warfare on:
- The airplane bathroom. The experts at Health magazine agree that the cramped and overused bathrooms on airplanes are one of the most bacteria-filled places on earth. Much worse than your average public restroom. There are often traces of eColi and fecal bacteria on the door handles because it’s hard to wash up properly in those tiny sinks. The volcanic flush of the toilet spews particles into the air, coating the floor and walls with microscopic bacteria. To wage germ warfare: Use a paper cover on the toilet seat. Afterward, put the lid down before you flush. If there is no lid, turn your back to the commode. Then, wash and dry your hands properly and use a paper towel to handle the sink tap and doorknob.
- Another one of the most germy places on earth? Your load of wet laundry. Any time you transfer underwear from the washer to the dryer, you’re getting eColi on your hands. Just one soiled undergarment can spread bacteria to the entire load and machine. How’s this for a disgusting statistic: There’s about a gram of feces in every pair of dirty underwear. To wage germ warfare: Run your washer at 150 degrees. If you don’t know the temperature, you can check it with a candy thermometer. Wash your whites with bleach – which’ll kill 99.9% of bacteria. Wash underwear separately, and don’t let your wet stuff linger in the washer. Transfer it to the dryer asap and let it tumble for 45 minutes. Wash your hands after handling the laundry.
- Public drinking fountains – especially school drinking fountains. They have anywhere from 62-thousand to 2.7 million bacteria per square inch on the spigot! You need only 10 salmonella or 100 E. coli germs to make you sick. To wage germ warfare: Carry your own beverage with you – and some hand sanitizer.