Germs hide in (not so) surprising places

Hayley Addessa
Features Writer

It is no surprise that with winter comes illness, not to mention that living on campus and stress heighten the chance of coming down with a cold or worse, the flu. Knowing where the germs are at their worst is a key way to saving you this season.
Germs are unavoidable and all around us. Not all are bad, but there are places where an abundance lie and become bad. Taking extra care to clean these places could make the difference between spending a few days in bed sick and being happy and healthy.

Clean makeup brushes to keep them free of germs by swirling them in soapy water and rinsing them until the water is clear.
Clean makeup brushes to keep them free of germs by swirling them in soapy water and rinsing them until the water is clear.

For all the girls who use makeup, take some precaution: germs collect on the brushes we use daily. Considering they are used on the face with our sensitive eyes and mouth area, it is best to clean brushes every week. Making the cleaning of brushes a part of a routine will spare you infections in the end. Simply swirling brushes in some soapy water and letting them run clean will save your brushes, makeup, and face.
Purses are big germ collectors as well. It’s not something we think about when carrying around our bag, but they go into restrooms, on the floor, in carts, on counters; they travel around collecting germs as they go. This is an easy fix, however: just wiping down the bags with a disinfecting wipe will keep your purse clean and help to avoid the germs.
Going along with the bag germ factory theme, laundry bags are also one of the most common places for germs. This is especially important for those who live in the dorms or take their laundry to the Laundromat. Think about it: all the dirty clothes go together in one place. When you’re ready to wash, you take the bag to the laundry room or Laundromat. It sits on the dirty floor or machine where other dirty things have sat, and then you take it back to your room to start a new cycle. To fix this, throw the bag in with the rest of the laundry every once in a while.
Think about a relaxing night watching some television. Did you think about how many germs are

Remote controls have crevices where germs can hide, but cleaning them occasionally can help.
Remote controls have crevices where germs can hide, but cleaning them occasionally can help.

 

on the remote? Not so relaxing anymore. Wiping down the remote every so often can keep the germs to a minimum. Problem solved now, right?

Unfortunately, the pillow and blankets you use are also covered in germs, which can also cause some cringing. It goes without saying that washing sheets, pillow covers, and blankets regularly is hygienic. As college students, it gets a little expensive to do, but it is less money to do that than it would be to pay for medicine from getting sick.
Germs are everywhere and there is nothing we can do to get rid of them. We can, however, manage the ones we have to avoid sickness and infection. Investing in disinfecting spray or wipes is a smart idea, especially for dorm life. Washing hands often is always a good idea. And spending the extra quarters to do a load of sheets and blankets is all worth it in the long run.

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