Think About This One; Five Gross Things We Touch Every Day!

This blog might gross you out (as much as it did me writing it) But I have always said your finger’s are the dirtiest place on your whole body because of everything we touch through-out the day!

Just to touch real quick on a previous blog that I wrote; If your experiencing break-outs this could be a reason why. Touching your face is almost subconsciously an inevitable thing. But when you think about all of the “germy” things you have touched through-out the day you will make more of an effort NOT to touch your face.

The average person touches 300 surfaces every 30 minutes exposing themselves to 840,000 germs per day! Everything that you have touched, millions of people before you have touched. So lets say you touch the door of a department store or grocery store your going into, or better yet the handles of the shopping cart. How many people with dirty hands before you have touched the same door/cart? (No, I’m not being a germ-a-phobe lol)

The answer is: MILLIONS! And then you touch your face for what ever reason, those germs are then spread across the 20 million pores on your face. Or in throws of passion your husband/lover grabs your face to kiss you, same thing. I know we don’t always take the time to think of crazy little things like this, but that’s what I’m here for.   🙂   It is so important to always wash your hands, and wash your face before bed.

Here are other things we may not think about that can get pretty gross:

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Your Toothbrush:

Just putting it away while it’s still wet helps bacteria grow. While your toothbrush looks innocent enough sitting on your bathroom sink, it’s not! But before you put it in your mouth, consider this: the average toothbrush can contain 10 million bacteria or more—including E. coli and Staph.
Here is what you can do to keep your toothbrush as bacteria-free as possible:
  1. Replace your brush every three to four months, or when the bristles get frayed
    Use the right toothpaste; While most toothpaste’s do kill germs, some are better than others. Toothpaste’s with triclosan/copolymer are better than regular fluoride toothpaste’s at killing oral bacteria.
  2. Obviously, don’t share! Not matter how conscientious you are about cleaning, you will never remove all bacteria.
  3. Clean it often; Occasionally soak yours in hydrogen peroxide or mouthwashes with antibacterial agents
  4. Don’t store in an airtight container. If you keep yours in the medicine cabinet make sure the bristles don’t touch.

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The Computer Keyboard

It’s nearly impossible to keep bacteria off it.  And let’s face it, we don’t clean it often enough. They computer keyboard is one house hold item we often over look.
ABC new’s did a piece on this a while ago. If you did not see it here is a re-cap:

It turns out that your computer keyboard could put a host of potentially harmful bacteria — including E. coli and staph — quite literally at your fingertips. Sure, it may sound like a hypochondriac’s excuse to stay away from the office. But a growing body of research suggests that computer mice and keyboards are, in fact, prime real estate for germs.

Meanwhile, research has shown that keyboard keys can harbor infectious germs–especially if the keyboard is shared by multiple users (a common scenario in modern households).

Keep it clean;

  1. Give those keys a good cleaning every now and then. For starters, buy a can of compressed air. Hold the keyboard sideways over a trashcan, then blast every single nook and cranny with the nozzle. (Maybe it’s just me, but I find this kind of fun.)
  2. making sure the computer’s power is off, wipe down the keys with one of those antibacterial wipe. Do the same with your mouse. Simple!

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Your Cable Remote

When was the last time you cleaned it?  And if your like me, you probably eat while you watch TV, so there is probably a lot of bacteria build up on this one little gadget. Recent studies at a number of major universities have confirmed that a TV remote control is the single dirtiest item in a typical home and a hot spot for contagious germs and viruses. It is one of the most commonly overlooked household objects that nearly every American comes into contact with multiple times per day. It get’s dropped on the floor, lost in the couch, coughed on, sneezed on, spilled on, and covered with any number of sticky messes. Most remotes are not designed to be easily clean-able making it difficult to keep it germ free.
How to clean it;
  1. Remove the batteries
  2. To clean the area around the buttons use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and gently go around all of the buttons on your remote control. Or you can use a toothbrush designated to only cleaning your remote.
  3. wipe down the whole remote with one of those antibacterial wipe.

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Your Car

Keep this in mind next time you make a pit stop at a fast-food drive-through – the steering wheel of your car harbors nine times more germs than a public toilet seat.

Research has found that while 80 bacteria lurk on each square inch of toilet, around 700 harmful bugs inhabit the car’s interior. The study also revealed that 42 per cent of motorists regularly eat while driving. WOWzers! Those are big numbers!

People clean their homes and even sometimes their cars, but how many of you actually remember or think to wipe down the steering wheel? If I’m being completely honest, I am guilty of this! But not anymore. Although the steering wheel harbors the most germs in your car, so does the stereo, the gear shift, and everything else we touch. Pretty much just think of your car as a Bacteria Bomb.

Anthony Hilton, the director of Biology and Bio-medical Science at Aston University, says most of the bacteria found in a car isn’t enough to cause serious health problems, but that’s assuming you drive alone. If you frequently drive with pets or children, your risk sky-rockets. Why? The Aston University study found traces of fecal matter from pets and dirty diapers tracked all over the typical family car – including the trunk, where most families store their groceries!

If you drive with trash on the floor – as HALF of drivers do – We all get busy right? And say “Oh I’ll do it later”, well then the news gets worse. Not only do you have bacteria growing on the floor, you have fungi growing in your ventilation system, and that fungi gets circulated around the car whenever you turn on the air conditioner or the heater. Add everything up, and here’s what the researchers at Aston University concluded: People typically spend three full years of their lives stuck behind the wheel of a car. In that time, they breathe more sickness causing germs in a car than they’d ever find at home on a toilet seat! OH MY!

Don’t only wash down the outside for appearances, but clean the inside with antibacterial wipes and sprays.

I’m sure there are more than just the above listed that we touch everyday, but these are key items. One of the reasons for this post is because one of my Twitter followers asked me for advice on getting rid of her acne and I asked her if she frequently touches her face for any reason. Her answer:  YES, All the time. That got me thinking, how many of us subconsciously do this not really thinking about everything we have come in contact with during the day. So this post is for her and many of us that don’t think along those lines.

You wouldn’t scoop up dog poo and then go eat a sandwich with out washing your hands right? Well think of it as -almost- the same concept. (I’m sorry! Gross, I know.)

We obviously can’t cut out all of the germs and bacteria in our lives, it’s just not possible. But we can cut in way down by becoming aware of what we are doing and touching.
I hope you enjoy this post and take away only the good knowledge it is meant to offer! 🙂
Enjoy Life and be healthy!
XoXo

 

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