Five Easy Ways to Rid Your Life of Germs

Five Easy Ways to Rid Your Life of Germs

Source: muhealth.org

Germs live everywhere. You can find germs in the air, on food, plants and animals, in the soil, in the water, and on just about every other surface — including your own body, according  www.mayoclinic.com. Ridding our daily lives from harmful germs involves taking precautions and some simple but effective measures.

Bed Checks: www.goodhousekeeping.com says an easy way to destroy germs is by gathering sheets, pillowcases, and towels and lather them in hot water. Dry the linens by choosing the antibacterial cycle or use the highest temperature setting. Wash your hands after touching the linens to get rid of the bacteria. Bacteria can remain in the washer so it is a good idea to run a normal hot-water cycle with a dose of bleach.

Rearrange the Fridge: “The raw meat you bring home from the grocery store has bacteria that can result in diarrheal disease,” says Dr. Rose Devasia, assistant professor at University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences in Louisville, Kentucky. Double bagging meats or placing them at the bottom of the shelf in your refrigerator can reduce the risk of diarrheal diseases. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reported ground beef, chicken, turkey, and steak are the most immune to diseases.

Move Toothbrushes Away from the toilet : Leaving a wet exposed toothbrush next to the toilet can attract bacteria. “Studies have shown that bacteria in the toilet can disperse in the air after flushing it,” Dr. Devasia says according to www.cnn.com. By soaping up the sink, you can reduce the chance of getting ill by 30% Dr. Devasia says. Before flushing, put the toilet seat down to prevent bacteria from lingering in the air.

Leave Your Shoes at the Door: Walking through the house with your shoes on can emit bacteria in the carpets and area around. According towww.organicauthority.com, a 2008 study shows that shoes worn by ten people for two weeks noticed bacteria on 96% of the shoe’s bottoms. Sleeping next to shoes infected with bacteria can cause a person to catch an illness. An alternative is taking off your shoes at the door where no people are spending time there.

Still “glued” to your personal electronics? You might want to clean those tooiPhones, Blackberries, and other tech appliances can capture germs such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and flu viruses. www.healthyliving.msn.com says cleaning  the surface of your appliances by wiping them down with any antibacterial wipe can reduce bacteria. Be sure not to dampen the electronics too much.