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3 Common Places That are Crawling With Germs

By Genevieve Cunningham

Since now is the hottest time of year for cold and flu germs to rear their ugly heads, it’s also the best time for antibacterial soaps, Lysol, and constant hand washing. No one likes to be sick, and this is especially true with the holidays approaching. But even with serious diligence in avoiding germs, you’re probably being exposed to far more than you think. Take a look at these common hot spots for germs to collect, and get to scrubbing to keep you and your family well.

Your Remote

We never clean our remotes … like ever. And yet, we have these little devices in our hands a huge portion of the time. We cough and sneeze and shake hands with strangers, and then we reach for the remote without even thinking. You won’t want to dip your remote in a bucket of soapy water -- at least not if you expect it to keep working -- but you might consider wiping it down with a Lysol wipe every morning or every night.

Your Steering Wheel

Another place that never gets any cleaning but tons of touching is the steering wheel in your car. We literally go everywhere and touch all sorts of foreign objects, and then we get back in our car and touch our steering wheel every single time. Imagine the germs that we pass onto it! Keep a handy cleaning wipe in the car, and wipe it down multiple times a day. You definitely don’t want to continuously spread the germs, so make it a point to clean your car regularly.

Your Mouse

If you use a computer with a mouse of any kind (and seriously, who doesn’t?), you’re wiping the germs from your hands and fingers all over that little device. This is another device that you don’t want to break or cause to malfunction, so you’ll again want to wipe it with some sort of cleaning wipe. And since you’re likely to put your hands on this multiple times a day without any thought of where your hands have been previously, it’s something that you may want to consider making a regular habit.

Avoiding germs is a big part of fighting off the cold and flu during the season. With a few precautions, you may have an easier time eliminating these germs from your life before they invade. Pay attention to these potential problem spots, and keep you and your family healthier than ever.

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