Germs, Germs, Everywhere You Turn!

toothbrushYou strive to keep your family as healthy as you can. This can mean feeding them nutritious food, getting exercise together and regularly participating in family activities. But, if you aren’t aware of the germiest places you and your family encounter on an average day, you may be fighting a losing health battle. Here are a few places in your own home where you are most likely to encounter germs and how you can avoid your family falling ill.

Your Toothbrush

Starting off your day by practicing good oral hygiene is a healthy practice and something you want to instill in your children, but toothbrushes also happen to be one of the dirtiest things you encounter. One toothbrush can harbor all kinds of bacteria and not just because it’s inside your mouth. If you leave your toothbrush out in the open in the bathroom then it can fall victim to fecal matter splattered from a toilet flush. You can fix this by simply closing your toilet lid and storing your toothbrush safely in a drawer or cabinet. It wouldn’t hurt to periodically run it through your dishwasher either!

Doorknobs and Light Switches

It really makes sense when you think about it, because everyone in your home touches the doorknobs, light switches, and fridge handles several times a day every single day. This means they can be a breeding ground for colonies of bacteria so you have to make sure you sanitize them at least once a week. Do it more frequently if someone in your home has been sick because those germs will spread like wildfire!

Your Cell Phone

Really, any phone can be a dirty whether it’s in your office, at your house or it’s your personal cell phone. They are touched constantly by washed and unwashed hands and are held very close to people’s mouths – one of the germiest places on the body. Get some alcohol wipes and make it a habit to wipe down the phones you use every day.


Faucets are both a blessing and a curse because they allow you to wash your hands free of germs but also are touched by everyone in the home before they’ve washed their hands-free of germs! Sanitize the faucets in your home daily and when you’re using a public restroom make sure you use a paper towel as a barrier after you wash your hands to turn off the faucet.

Did any of these places surprise you? This just goes to show you have to pay attention to even the smallest of details to ensure the health and happiness of the people you love most.

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