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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September 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Germiest Things to Avoid

Soap Dispensers

It seems odd, but studies have shown that even soap can harbor bacteria, and dispensers are no better. After being touched constantly with dirty hands, the dispenser is a feeding frenzy for bacteria and other germs, not to mention that the containers are not regularly cleaned. Give those germs little chance to make you sick by following good hand washing protocol: scrub hands, nails and wrists with plenty of hot water and soap for 15 to 20 seconds.