Jan 25, 2008

Winning the Battle Against Germs

"Germs", the term we fondly call bacteria and viruses that surround us, are part of our life, we can't escape them, our bodies have built-in immune responses to fight them. Sometimes our immune systems are in great shape and can keep up with the work load, but most of the time the immune system needs some help from us.

Other than keeping our immune systems in shape with good diet and supplements, we do things to keep ourselves as germ-free as possible. Here's a list:

  • Keep some anti-bacterial hand sanitizer with you at all times, use it when you aren't near a sink where you can wash, like after shaking someones hand, after touching public door handles, after shopping and handling a shopping cart, after handling money, after touching just about anything a number of other people have touched. Of course, if you know your gong to be near a sink before you put your fingers near your mouth, or touch food your about to eat, or prepare food for someone else, you can wait, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Keeping your hands clean is your #1 defense against germs.
  • Keep your kitchen sink clean, studies show it's the most germ-laden place in the house. Clean the sink with water and some bleach a couple times a week.
  • Wipe down your counters with anti-bacterial wipes before preparing meals...I have a container right on my counter and wipe everything down before and after preparing foods, especially after doing anything with meat on the counter.
  • In public bathrooms, don't handle anything after washing your hands, leave the water on until you've grabbed a paper towel, dried your hands, and then use the paper towel to turn off water and to use the door handle to open the door.
  • Obviously, avoid being around people that are sick, coughing, sneezing, etc.
  • Washed cloths (esp. underwear) are not always 100% clean after washing in just laundry soap and water, dry in hot dryer, use a little bleach on light cloths.
Do you have anything to add to the list? Feel free to do so in a comment.

Updated 1/21/16

1 comment:

  1. I have found a grocery store that has a container of antibacterial wipes by the carts. This has brought me much peace of mind when I take my kids to the store. My baby loves to gnaw on the pushbar.