Any tips on how to keep germs out the house besides the usual routine ?

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Kay - posted on 02/01/2012

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I read a long time ago that germs don't grow on clean, dry surfaces. This is not something that the manufacturers of antibacterial cleaning products want you to know. There is no need to disinfect every surface. I pay special attention to the sinks and toilets in the house to make sure they are clean and I do use a disinfectant cleanser on these. Some people say that using the heat dry setting on the dishwasher helps their families from having so many colds. I change the towels twice a week. That is about it. The primary way to prevent illness is washing your hands before eating or touching your nose! This is difficult with little kids because they are constantly putting things in their mouths and some frequently put their fingers in their noses! Germs are everywhere, we are exposed to them all the time. Fortunately, our bodies own immune system fights them off or we would be sick all the time. Sometimes the germs win and we get sick. Many families share drinking cups, sodas etc...not a good idea unless you want to share a cold. All this is just common sense including using good food safety practices. I wonder about all the attention paid to germs in the media.. We might all develop a germ phobia ( a very real painful illness). There is also some talk about the over use of disinfectant soap etc and how this might effect how antibiotics work. Hope this helps.

Kay - posted on 02/01/2012

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I read a long time ago that germs don't grow on clean, dry surfaces. This is not something that the manufacturers of antibacterial cleaning products want you to know. There is no need to disinfect every surface. I pay special attention to the sinks and toilets in the house to make sure they are clean and I do use a disinfectant cleanser on these. Some people say that using the heat dry setting on the dishwasher helps their families from having so many colds. I change the towels twice a week. That is about it. The primary way to prevent illness is washing your hands before eating or touching your nose! This is difficult with little kids because they are constantly putting things in their mouths and some frequently put their fingers in their noses! Germs are everywhere, we are exposed to them all the time. Fortunately, our bodies own immune system fights them off or we would be sick all the time. Sometimes the germs win and we get sick. Many families share drinking cups, sodas etc...not a good idea unless you want to share a cold. All this is just common sense including using good food safety practices. I wonder about all the attention paid to germs in the media.. We might all develop a germ phobia ( a very real painful illness). There is also some talk about the over use of disinfectant soap etc and how this might effect how antibiotics work. Hope this helps.

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