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Continued: How to combat germs that surround us everyday

  • Article by: ALEXIA ELEJALDE-RUIZ , Chicago Tribune
  • Last update: March 27, 2013 - 4:57 PM



Self-checkout touch screen

The dirt: Touched by thousands of strangers and rarely cleaned.

To clean: Rub your hands with hand sanitizer after using, allowing them to stay wet for 30 seconds to kill bacteria.



Kitchen countertop

The dirt: When you bring foods and meats into your kitchen from the grocery store, open and clean them in an area away from where you prepare food, and put them into clean containers before storing them.

To clean: Create your own cleaning solution consisting of 10 percent white distilled vinegar and 90 percent water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the counter to saturate completely, let it sit for 30 seconds to kill the germs, then wipe off. Vinegar solutions keep indefinitely and needn’t be washed off, Duberg said.



Toilet seat

The dirt: Because people are careful to disinfect the toilet seat regularly, it tends to be among the cleanest surfaces in the house.

To clean: Wipe with sanitizing wipes as needed, letting it stay wet for at least 30 seconds. One gross thing to keep in mind is that flushing the toilet releases bacteria-laden aerosols that settle on bathroom surfaces. So consider keeping your toothbrush in a drawer.


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