If you watch Frasier ( one of my favourite American comedy series of the 90s) - you will very well know Niles Crane's (Niles is Frasier's brother) obsessive habit of wiping chairs down before sitting, wiping his hands after shaking hands etc. In fact, he is never seen without his white handkerchief. You might think he is being silly but you can never be overly cautious when it comes to picking up unwanted germs from unexpected places.
1) Public Pools
Children don't have the habit of wiping their bums well after passing motion. Little kids carry as much as 10gms of leftover feaces in their rear ends. Thus, with all of that washing into the pool, tests done on the pool water found traces of Ecoli which can cause diarrhoea. Your best defence if you can't avoid public pools is to avoid drinking the pool water.
Menu boards found in restaurants have a tremendous amount of bacteria. Because they are usually wiped down once a day but used by maybe 100s, they tend to gather an increasing amount of germs as the day goes on. So to avoid transferring some of these germs to your mouth, only wash your hands after your order not before.
3) Lemon Wedges in Water
Restaurants usually serve lemon in your water but next time you might want to do away with that. Research done on the lemon wedges have found that nearly 70% of them contain many types of unwanted bacteria including Ecoli and even feces! Just when you heard its good to have lemon in water!!
4) Hotel Stuff
Stuff found in hotel rooms like bedspread, hairdryer, bed side light switch, telephone and unwrapped glasses are not only the dirtiest. The winner in this aspect is the hotel remote - you might want to give it a quick wipe with a sanitary towel before you surf the channels.
5) Water Fountains
Because water fountains are hardly cleaned, they are actually dirtier than the toilet seats. Next time, bring a water bottle instead.
I needn't say much about this- come on it's a no brainer. But be aware that after pressing flush button, opening the toilet door handle and pumping the soap dispenser all wih your bare hands, you have to wash your hands for at least 20 secs. You will be shocked to hear that only 31% of men and 65% of women wash their hands after using the restroom. So after washing your hands, reach for that door handle using a tissue.
7) Elevator Buttons
Be aware of elevator buttons too . Have you seen anyone wipe them down - even if you did, how many would have used a sanitizing wipe? Use your elbows or like me, your left hand ( if you are right handed and vice versa), Better still, use the stairs!
ATM buttons and cash equal sick. Dollar bills are one of the dirtiest things to hold in your hands. In fact the flu virus can stay on a dollar bill for 17 days! No one uses a pen to press the buttons or wears gloves when handling bills, To guard yourself, wash your hands thoroughly after touching dollar notes.
Other dirty places include, playground sandpits, trolley handles in supermarkets and public transport handrails. Watch out for these dirty places and take the necessary precaution as the impending flu season is upon us.