Do You Know Where to Find the Most Germs in Your Home?
Are you a germophobe? Maybe you should be.
The fear of germs and contamination is defined as mysophobia or, more informally, germophobia. Experts officially coined the word in 1897, so it has been around for a while. And it is not likely to go away.
Kids and family members bring germs into your home every day, constantly touching money, public door handles, magazines on waiting room tables, shopping cart handles, and vacuum brushes.
If that does not give you enough to worry about, household pets are practically cesspools of runny noses and upset stomachs just waiting to happen. There are up to 16 to 18 varieties of bacteria in a typical cat mouth. Dog mouths are even more unsafe with as many as 60 kinds of bacteria. Cats keep their mouths shut more than dogs do (surprise, right?), so you are slightly better off keeping a cat as a pet. But not much.
To top it all off, all of these germs end up on your hands and in the kitchen. With thousands of Americans getting sick and even dying every year from germs in their kitchens and homes, it is no wonder there are some concerns about food handling safety.
Luckily, following common kitchen safety tips can help you and your family stay healthy and curb your paranoia.
Food preparation safety and kitchen sanitation are musts, but it is not too difficult to pick up some kitchen safety tips on the internet or even read about them in books and magazines.
Some kitchen safety tip sources go above and beyond, offering food safety for kids. That is lucky for moms and dads, owing to the fact that around 22 million kids miss school every year because they are out with the common cold.
Germophobes have the right idea. Germs are scary. But doing your research can keep you healthy and safe, with fewer worries.
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