We are exposed to millions of Germs everyday. Germs live everywhere. You can find Germs in the air, on food, plants and animals; in soil and water – on just about every other surface, including your body.
Most Germs won’t harm you. Your immune system protects you against infectious agents. However, some Germs are formidable adversaries because they’re constantly mutating to breach your immune system’s defenses. Infection can be easily prevented through simple tactics, such as washing your hands regularly and being careful with food and water.
Flushing the toilet is known to produce airborne Germs that are capable of causing surface contamination within the toilet and bathroom. Tooth brushes, contact lens, cosmetics and toiletries can be contaminated from aerosols as a result of toilet flushing, poor hand hygiene and natural contaminants of the mouth.
Approximately 76 million Americans develop food poisoning each year, and about 20% of reported food borne illnesses occur in the home. Certain raw foods or ingredients have a high risk of contamination such as meats, fish, poultry and eggs. Other foods may have a medium risk of contamination such as certain vegetables, which may have been contaminated during production, or which are soiled. Because washing up removes organic matter from soiled items during food prep and consumption, it is one of the main control points for preventing the transmission of Germs in the domestic kitchen. The temperature of the water used for “washing up” can influence Germ survival. Most hand washed dishes use water temperatures below 120 F, which is not hot enough to kill most Germs.
Most people think that washed laundry is clean laundry, right? Handling “clean” laundry presents a risk of exposure to potentially harmful Germs. Fabric and cloth can easily become contaminated with high levels of microorganisms that can survive for long periods of time in fabrics. You may believe that normal laundering produces clean clothes; however, this does not necessarily mean they are Germ free due to detergents having a wide range of efficacy in reducing the bacteria.
The bottom line; don’t let your guard down at home!
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