Did you know some of the most common things we touch throughout the day can have the most germs on them?
“The average smartphone user touches their phone 2,617 times a day. Whether you carry it around or just send a ton of texts, you probably don’t realize how many germs you come across when you touch it. Smartphones can even carry fecal matter. Handwashing can help keep your phone clean. It’s also best to wipe your phone with a disinfectant wet wipe daily.” (Mercyhealth)
“Just like your smartphone, your TV remote is something you probably touch every day along with everyone else in your house. The remote falls on the floor, too. You can wipe it down daily to help kill some germs.” (Mercyhealth)
“What’s the next dirtiest thing in your bathroom? Probably your towels. No matter how clean you think you are, you still have germs that transfer to those towels after you shower or wash your hands. Wash your towels after two days or two uses to keep germs at bay. Use bleach and hot water whenever possible.” (Mercyhealth)
“When the server hands us a menu, most of us aren't thinking about just how many hands have touched it. "Not to get everyone frantic, but menus are rarely cleaned," Dr. Schimpff points out. When they are, they are usually just wiped down—not disinfected!” (Eatthis)
“When the lines are long, it can save time to check yourself out—but you also may be checking in with germs, warns Thanu Jey, DC, Clinic Director at Yorkville Sports Medicine Clinic. "Studies have found that self-checkout kiosks can be covered in germs, especially ones used in fast-food restaurants and airports," points out Dr. Jey. "Since kiosks are used by many people in succession, in areas that follow food and washroom usage, this makes them a bed for germs." Because they are used constantly, there is no possible way to clean them in-between uses.” (Eatthis)
Gas Station Pumps
“Most of are worried about getting gas on our hands at the gas station, when we should be worried about germs. "Gas station pumps and their screens are used in continuity by people that drive, which makes for an easy way to facilitate the transfer of bacteria and germs," Dr. Jey points out. Since the pumps are difficult to sanitize, make sure you do a good job of cleaning your hands after use.” (Eatthis)
“When we clean our homes, we usually focus on areas like the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. We may even wipe down the television, windows, or other areas that look dirty. But most of us don't think to disinfect every light switch—despite the fact many dirty fingers touch them daily.” (Eatthis)
When to wash your hands
Now that we have properly scared you from touching anything, here are some of the best times to wash your hands per the CDC:
When to wash your hands
Now that we know when we should wash our hands, here is how per the CDC:
We hope you have a happy and healthy fall season.
-Archibald Leavitt Team