Everyday Germy Objects You Don't Want to Touch This Cold and Flu Season

With cold and flu season kicking into high gear, people everywhere are looking for ways to cut down on exposure to germs. Flu shots, green juices and herbal teas are a few methods, but sometimes the greatest thing you can do is to avoid particularly germy places during the fall and winter months. The Internet is filled with lists naming the most germ-infested locations you might encounter, however our editors have a feeling you're aware of your vulnerability sitting in a doctor office waiting room or watching your kids at the playground. So we compiled a list featuring some germ-loaded, everyday objects that might not be top of mind.


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    Germiest Things to Avoid

    Winter Gloves

    You might think that by wearing gloves throughout the season, you're avoiding germs everywhere. That might be true to a certain extent, however busy lifestyles and work deadlines might distract you from a very necessary step: washing those gloves. Be sure to have a few pairs you can rotate throughout the season and have your gloves, depending on the fabric, dry-cleaned or washed. Gloves are also one of the best, cost-effective winter items to refresh yearly— treat yourself to a new pair each season to freshen up your wardrobe and keep you germ-free. 

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