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Germs Be Gone: Items Never to Share

By Sara Butler

When it comes to germs, sharing is definitely not caring. And germs are everywhere! The more items you touch on a daily basis, the more germs you're exposed too. It's not realistic to be try to live like the boy in the bubble, but there are a few things you may want to stop sharing with people in an effort to reduce your exposure. Here are some everyday items you may want to start keeping to yourself.


The pen on the clipboard you use to sign in at the doctor's office? That's probably the dirtiest thing there. Research has discovered that the pens in doctor's offices have nearly 46,000 more germs than a toilet seat in a public restroom. That's why it might be a good idea to start bringing your own pen with you with you wherever you go, especially when you're in an environment with a lot of people who may be sick.

Fast Food Trays

You grab your burger and fries from the order window and carry it to your table -- but now what do you do? Do you take it off the tray or do you spread your food out on it and start to enjoy? If it's the latter, you may want to reconsider.

The plastic trays in restaurants are used by everyone and they're usually only wiped down with a cloth, not cleaned thoroughly after each use with hot water and soap. So, when you eat your food off of them, what you're really doing is eating everything that's been on it before you got it -- germs and all. Take your food off the tray to eat it from now on.


Phones come into close contact with a person's face and mouth, which makes a phone screen easily one of the dirtiest things you touch in a day. If you have to borrow another person's phone, try putting it on speaker phone so you don't have to put it up to your face.


Towels are a bacteria's paradise. They're damp and super absorbent, which is why you should never share towels with anyone. In fact, some bacteria have been observed to survive for hours on a towel -- and fungus loves them too. It's a good idea to use paper towels or give each person in your family their own towel to use.

It's OK to share some things, but germs are not among them!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Riverside, Calif.

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