13. Computer Keyboards

Keyboards

Computer keyboards see a lot of action. The keys on your computer can harbor the oils from your skin, bacteria picked by your fingers, and traces of the crumbs from your lunch. One study by CBT Nuggets found that computer keyboards harbored as many as 20,000 more bacteria than toilet seats. To keep your keyboard free from germs, avoid eating while typing. To clean the keyboard, power off your computer, then use pressurized air to blow dust and dirt from beneath and between the keys. Next, gently wipe off the keys with a cotton swab moistened with isopropyl alcohol. Finally, use a dry, lint-free cloth to polish the keys.

12. Elevator Buttons

Elevator Buttons

Elevator buttons may be swarming with germs from the many hands that touch them each day. To keep germs from accompanying you off the elevator, use a tissue to press the button. Other high-touch areas where germs may lurk include grocery cart handles, escalator railings, and door handles.

11. Gas Station Pump Handles

Gas Pump

When using the gas pump, your mind is probably more preoccupied with watching the escalating price on the pump screen than with germs. But gas pump handles may be teeming with bacteria. Given the relationship between stopping for gas and visiting the restroom on car trips, this makes sense. You may want to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your car for use after stopping to fill up the tank.

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