THE FOUR GERMIEST PLACES YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT
These days, the flu is all over the news.Â This season, the flu began early, and flu activity is high across the country.Â Flu season usually peaks around January or February, but itâ€™s impossible to accurately predict when this peak will occur.
One way to stay healthy is to avoid germs.Â You already know that you should be careful in germy places, such as public bathrooms, and when youâ€™re using trash cans and touching shopping cart handles to avoid picking up the flu bug and other germs.Â However, there are some germy places that you might not be aware of.Â Read on to find out what they are!
Kitchen sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria.Â A good way to protect yourself and your family from these germs is to buy an antibacterial sponge and antibacterial dish soap.Â Once a week, soak your sponge in turbo acidic water for five minutes to help sanitize the sponge.Â After squeezing out the excess water, microwave the sponge for two minutes.Â The microwave method has been shown to kill 99% of bacteria.[i]
Did you know that when you flush the toilet, all the bacteria is flung into the air? Â Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s a good idea to keep your tooth brush as far away from the toilet as possible.Â Make sure you close the lid before flushing to prevent some of the bacteria flying from happening.Â Soak your toothbrush in turbo acidic water for five minutes once a week and then rinse it with alkaline water.Â Make sure to change your toothbrush every three months and more often if youâ€™ve been sick.
We are always attached to our phones.Â Whether itâ€™s talking, texting or playing games, it seems that our cell phone has become an extension of us.Â However, one study found that one in six cell phones was contaminated with fecal matter.Â Yuck!Â This is most likely caused by people forgetting to wash their hands.Â We canâ€™t stress enough how important washing your hands is!Â In addition, itâ€™s a good idea to clean your phone every day by spraying turbo acidic water on a cloth and wiping down your phone.
Congratulations on making the switch to reusable water bottles.Â That is great for the environment and for your wallet!Â You have to be careful, though, because it can be the perfect place for bacteria, mold and funky smells to grow.Â Keep your water bottle clean by soaking it in turbo acidic water every night, washing it with soapy water and then rinsing it well.Â Instead of using reusable plastic bottles, which can also leach chemicals from the plastic into your water, use a dual-walled stainless steel bottle.Â Plastic bottles are more susceptible to cracks and scratches, which could hold bacteria.Â Stainless steel is a strong material, and it is antibacterial.Â Make sure you have a bottle brush to clean down into the neck of the bottle.Â You may want to consider purchasing GoodLife bottles, which are stainless steel and specifically designed to retain the properties of ionized alkaline water.
There were just a few of the germiest things you come into contact with every day.Â To avoid getting sick this flu season, make sure you eat a well-balanced diet, exercise and stay well-hydrated with ionized alkaline water!
[i] Dong-Kyoo Park, Gabriel Bitton, and Richard Melker, â€śMicrobial Inactivation by Microwave Radiation in the Home Environment,â€ť Journal of Environmental Health 69(5) (2006): 17-24.