I really try not to be neurotic about germs. I understand that, especially with kids, a few bacteria here and there are good for their immune systems. Indeed, when my kids were little, I read somewhere that kids who grow up in houses where Mom is too aggressive with the antibacterial sprays actually have compromised immune systems. I do have a few anti-germ rules, though: wash your hands when you come home; use anti-bacterial gel after handling shopping carts or riding public transportation; and run a bleach load once a week (’cause you don’t really want to know what kind of gross bacteria grow in your washing machine). I now have a new item to add to the list: wash your hotel drinking glass really, really well.