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Are You Really Staying Clear of Germs?

Are You Really Staying Clear of Germs?

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.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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4:47PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Thank you

5:34PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you.

5:33PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you.

10:58AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thanks for the article.

1:21AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

gurgle salt water will keep gems away

7:47AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thanks

9:35PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

8:53PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thank-you for posting this informative article. Another place that has more germs than some of us may realize, the shopping cart we use when doing our grocery shopping.

11:25AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thanks for posting.

9:42AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thanks.

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