I am a total germ-a-phobe. My family and friends will tell you I am a bit OCD about it whether it comes to cooking, cleaning, being in public, etc. You would be shocked to know where some of the nastiest germs and bacteria actually hang out and it will shock you. So when I came across this information not only was I a bit surprised, but knew I had to share it with you. So before you let the kids come home and throw their backpacks on the countertops, you must read this and be in the know!
6 SURPRISING GERM HAVENS
1. In The Laundry
Before loading the washer, you sort your clothes into whites and colors. Next time, consider also sorting by use: That means putting food-related items like dishcloths and kitchen towels into one load and underwear and bathroom towels into another. Why? “Most people wash all of their laundry in cold or lukewarm water, which only removes and kills about 80% of bacteria,” says Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Inside the machine, dirty wash water can spread germs through the entire load, even leaving them behind on the walls of the machine.
Keep It Clean: Wash high-risk items on hot and thoroughly dry them in the dryer. Once a month, decontaminate the washer by running a load (or an empty cycle) with a cap-full of bleach.