Germs are everywhere, so we do our best to stay free of illness by washing our hands, brushing our teeth and scrubbing the toilet bowl clean. And yet, according to an article in the Huffington Post, “you’re probably covered in bacteria and fecal matter right now.”
Here are some factors responsible for ruining your efforts to stay clean:
Antibacterial soap is no more effective than ordinary soap. The FDA declares it does not have enough evidence to support the claim that antibacterial soap is more effective than regular soap and water. Antibacterial soaps have an ingredient called triclosan, which while not hazardous to humans, has been seen to alter hormone regulation in animals.
The kitchen sink is probably dirtier than the toilet bowl. Soaked plates and pans contain—hold your breath—fecal matter, carried there by unwashed hands after using the bathroom. The solution: clean your sink once a day with bleach and water. Don’t forget to clean the drain plug, too. Read more on this here.
Your toothbrush is probably covered with fecal matter, even if it is placed ‘quite far from’ the toilet bowl. That’s because each time you flush, aerosolized particles fly up and spread up to 60 feet around the bowl, according to a study by University of Arizona environmental microbiologist Charles Gerba. The result: your toothbrush gets a fresh coating of fecal germs. Flushing with the lid down is an easy solution.