Today’s public health message

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.

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  • Ymarsakar

    The bad bacteria are the ones that cause food poisoning.

  • Ymarsakar

    Also that whole bathroom deal was not nice. There’s no point in transfering bacteria from toilets to drinking and eating utensils.

    Your skin can hold a heck load of bacteria, that is what it was designed to do. However, your mouth and the insides, should be kept away from bacteria.

  • Bookworm

    I’d also count as bad Hep B, Herpes (a virus, I know), Staph infections, etc. Basically, I know that we’re surrounded by the little bugs and things, but there are some things it’s simply better to avoid.

  • BT in SA

    I am so thankful that I have “OCD” in that I carry hand-wipes EVERYWHERE I go; refuse to EVER sit on a toilet seat outside my own home [even at a friend or relative’s house]; never let my bare feet touch a floor outside my home [whether trying on clothes in dressing room or at a hotel] – I carry little footie things with me when I fly – there is NO way I’m taking my shoes off with everyone else – they are used to protect wood floors and at open houses – very cheap – Home Depot, $6.00 for three pairs and they are always in my carry-on front pocket. People may laugh at me, but until I see a lot more Lysol being used around me…