WHERE THE GERMS ARE, Part 1: Inside your house
1. The kitchen sink.
2. That dish sponge, though.
3. And also the bathroom hand towel.
4. Within three to six feet of your toilet.
5. That bar of soap.
6. In your washing machine.
WHERE THE GERMS ARE, Part 2: At your workplace
7. The break room.
9. Your computer, keyboard, mouse, and office phone.
WHERE THE GERMS ARE, Part 3: In your car
10. Car seats. Germs all over car seats.
11. The steering wheel, dashboard, and seatbelt.
WHERE THE GERMS ARE, Part 4: On your stuff
12. Your cell phone.
13. Your purse or backpack.
14. Your shoes.
"The bottom of our shoes definitely track in dirt and germs and other contaminants," Reynolds says. You've likely visited households where the rule is to leave your shoes at the door — well, there's definitely something to that. "The bottom of your shoes will definitely transmit germs," she says.
The solution: Implement the rule in your own house, and enforce it. "Especially if you have children at the crawling stage, it's a good idea to leave your shoes at the door," Reynolds says.
Now for some good news.
How to wash your hands RIGHT:
Use soap and warm water for about 20 to 30 seconds, Reynolds says. Spend most of that time lathering up and rubbing your hands together, and only the end of the time rinsing the soap off. "I do 20 seconds of lathering, and then however long it takes to rinse," Reynolds says.
Also important: Make sure to really scrub, and don't miss any spots. That means get under your fingernails, in between your fingers, underneath any jewelry, and even an inch or so up your wrists. "Go up beyond where you wear your watch," she says, "because that area's involved in surface contact and germ transmission" — just think about how you may rest your wrists against your desk when you're typing at your computer, for instance.