LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- We come across millions of germs every day. While most are harmless, some bacteria like as E-coli and Salmonella can cause serious infections.
Here are 10 sneaky spots doctors say flu germs are hiding from Shine from Yahoo!
Toothbrush - Your toothbrush is teeming with microbes. To protect yourself, change toothbrushes every three to four months. Also, close the lid of the toilet when flushing. The toilet spews fecal bacteria into the air every time they are flushed.
Jewelry - Our favorite pieces of jewelry has nooks and crannies that can hide germs even after hand washing. But silver is antimicrobial so smooth jewelry made out of this will stay relatively germ free.
Yoga Mats - You may or may not use an anti-bacterial spray on your mat, but you can't be sure about mats you borrow at the gym. To be the safest, bring your own mat. You can get antimicrobial mats or use a anti-bacterial spray after every use.
Pillows - You wash your sheets and pillowcases often, but what about your pillows? Pillows contain mold, bacteria and dust mites, which can cause allergies. Remember to wash your pillows when you wash the sheets.
Desktops - You touch all sorts of things then come back to your desk. You also eat there sometimes and even sneeze there! Janitors don't clean desks as they are considered private areas, so make sure to clean it yourself!
Purses - When they aren't on your shoulders, purses are on the ground of restaurants, buses, subways, movie theaters, etc. The bottom of your purse can be teeming with nasty bacteria that can get you sick. Be sure to clean them with antimicrobial cloths often.
Gas pumps - Dozens of people touch these things every day, and you can't know if their hands are clean. Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after pumping gas.
Communal buttons - Not only do dozens of people use the gas station, but they also use ATMs, vending machines, parking meters, and elevator buttons. Best thing is to keep hand sanitizer on you just in case you aren't near a bathroom to wash up.
Reusable shopping bags - Good for you using a resuable shopping bag! Now go wash your hands. Many people use these for groceries, sure, but also to carry gym clothes and other items that can leave bacteria behind. Be sure to wash your hands after using and wash the bags themselves often.
Kitchen sponges - Warm, wet sponges are the ideal place for bacteria to grow. The National Sanitation Foundation at the University of Michigan suggests microwaving your sponge for two minutes every day to kill germs growing inside. Also, replace your sponges once every two weeks.
(Source: Shine from Yahoo!)