6. Pets or Other Animals
It is important to wash your hands after petting animals, including your own pets. Animals can pick up microbes and germs from time spent outdoors. Even the sweetest of pets may enjoy rolling around in stinky and unmentionable deposits found in the park or on neighborhood walks. Not to mention the objects they are willing to sniff or lick with their tongues. Animals may also enjoy rooting through trash cans and exposing themselves to all sorts of disgusting and germ-ridden items. Keep yourself healthy by washing your hands after petting or holding animals.
5. Touch Screens
Germs may also reside on the touch screens found in places like public libraries, doctor’s offices, and store checkout counters. Many places of business now allow you to insert your credit card to make a payment, then use the touch screen to add a tip and sign the receipt with your fingertip. Wash your hands with soap and water following the use of communal touch screens. After washing your hands, be sure to dry them thoroughly with a paper towel, as germs thrive in moisture.
4. Kitchen Sponges
The very sponge you use to clean your kitchen may be harboring germs and spreading them each time you use it. The Michigan State University Extension has found that the best way to sanitize your kitchen sponge is by running it through the dishwasher. Use the heated drying cycle to kill off all the bacteria on the sponge. Meanwhile, remember to use proper hand washing procedures in your kitchen. Wash your hands after handling meat, chopping fresh vegetables, or touching raw poultry. Additionally, wash your hands after wiping down your kitchen sink and countertops.