3. Soap Dispensers
If you think about it, you may realize that the very dispensers used to deliver the soap needed for good hand washing can carry germs from unwashed hands. Refillable soap dispensers may harbor germs transferred there during the hand washing process. Be sure to lather your hands for at least 20 seconds to kill off any germs. Singing the happy birthday song under your breath can help you to gauge when the 20 seconds are up. Additionally, when cleaning your bathroom, don’t forget to give your soap dispenser and pump handle a cleaning as well.
2. Your Doctor’s Waiting Room
It stands to reason that your doctor’s office waiting room may harbor germs from sick patients. Be sure to wash your hands after touching any items in the waiting room and exam room. Don’t forget that the armrests are spots that may carry germs from previous patients. Other high-touch items in a doctor’s office include magazines, door handles, and the pen at the sign-in desk. If you visit the doctor’s office with small children, be sure to wash their hands if they handle waiting room toys or books.
1. Airport Objects
When traveling, beware of the germs that may reside in the airport and airplane cabin. Wash your hands after handling TSA bins, using a drinking fountain, and resting in armchairs. Once on the airplane, be sure to wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before eating. Hot spots for germs in the airplane cabin include the tray tables, air vent controls, and bathrooms. In addition to washing your hands, staying hydrated is a good way to prevent illness following a flight.