Doctor reveals dirtiest places in your home


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Public places are known for harboring germs that make people sick. But your home is also a haven for bacteria that can lead to many illnesses.

"Germs are really smart and they can be resilient," says pediatrician Dr. Seuli Bose Brill, who recently blogged about the topic.

Germs can be found in places you might not clean as much as you should.

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"We know that germs can live for a long time on surfaces. For example, the flu virus can live 1-2 days and staph can live for hours to days," Bose Brill explains.

The bacteria live on surfaces we touch every day.

"The National Science Foundation has done a series of studies looking at the germiest places in our house and found the kitchen is dirtier than the bathroom. Things like E-coli, fecal bacteria, as well as staph live on a lot of kitchen surfaces," she says.

The kitchen table and counters tend to be the dirtiest in the kitchen. That's where food preparation happens and a place when many people congregate.

"Anything that multiple people are touching or touching all the time. Door knobs, refrigerator handles, microwave handles, remote controls, video game consoles. Those are things we don't think to wipe down but it's important to do that, especially if you have someone in your house that is sick with anything," she adds.

In our bedrooms and bathrooms, the strep and staph bacteria are hiding, too.

"Linens, towels those are really common products to cause skin infections. Making sure sheets are laundered regularly - I recommend once a week. And not sharing towels and washing your towels regularly are a few ways to prevent skin infections," she advises, adding that people should never share washcloths.

Dr. Bose Brill says it's pretty simple and we shouldn't overdo it. Just use those common sense cleaning methods which can help prevent wasted time being sick.