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Germ-ridden places you need to clean STAT

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Attention Germaphobes! FOX 9 Fitness Expert Ali Holman stopped by to share with us the germiest places you need to clean STAT and simple ways to ward off pesky bacteria and more in common places.

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It's easy for bacteria and food particles to get trapped in the crevasses of sponges, creating ideal conditions for bacteria to breed.

Disinfect sponges at least once a week by soaking in a bleach solution for 5 minutes, or microwaving on high for two minutes. (The microwave method has even been shown to kill 99 percent of bacteria)


Taking something from the fridge, grabbing spices from the cabinet, preheating the oven, zapping something in the microwave — a lot goes into cooking a meal, including any bacteria from that raw chicken or unwashed produce.

Use a disinfectant on any frequently used kitchen surfaces several times / day especially before and after preparing a meal. Keep it carefree by keeping antibacterial wipes right on the counter for easy access.


Most home coffee makers don't get enough hot water to kill anything growing in the wet, dark environment of the water reservoir or the machine's internal piping.

Run a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar through the machine once a month may help inhibit the growth of mold and some bacteria. Let half the mixture run through the machine, then switch it off for an hour before finishing the cycle.



Pillows aren't just packed with feathers — turns out they can also be home to several types of allergy-inflaming fungi. And all those hours spent sweating, shedding skin, and drooling like a sheepdog also create ideal conditions for dust mites, which is also a potential allergy trigger.

What to do: In addition to regularly laundering bedding anti-allergen covers can help protect pillows from outside germs getting in and keep the sneezy stuff out.


Take all the reasons to be worried about pillows and add sweat to the tune of up to one liter / night.

What to do: Washing and drying everything on the highest heat available is a good policy, but regular bleaching is a good idea, too. (In fact, studies suggest a good hot wash and dose of bleach will not only kill bacteria on the cloth, but also cleans out the machine so germs aren't continuously spread around )



Studies found that within just three months of use, 40 percent of tested mascara tubes have bacteria growing in them

What to do: A good rule of thumb is to replace eye makeup every season; toss lotions and liquid foundation every six months; and get fresh power-based products, lipstick, and nail polish every two years.


Studies have found that flushing the toilet can spew bathroom-related bacteria into the air . Needless to say, it's a good idea to store that toothbrush far away from the potential contaminants (and close that lid before flushing!).

What to do: rinse toothbrushes thoroughly after use, allow them to dry completely, and replace every three to four months.


These have been shown be one of the most contaminated parts of the bathroom .

What to do: Launder mats once per week on the highest heat and with bleach. Wooden mats may be an easier option, since surface disinfectants can replace regular laundering, but it's important to remember to disinfect the floor to avoid re-infecting a clean mat.

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Women's purses are one of top three dirtiest things people touch throughout the day. One study found E. Coli on 25 percent of purses tested .

What to do: Common sense (don't rest it on the bathroom floor) and regular cleaning are enough to minimize risk. Wipe leather purses with a disinfectant wipe every few days, and put washable ones through the laundry (or send to the dry cleaner) as often as once per week.


Studies have repeatedly cited mobile phones as risk factors for infection, and we largely have our own unwashed hands to blame. In fact, one study found fecal bacteria on 1 in 6 phones.

What to do: The clean up is simple: Power down the device once per week (more during cold and flu season) and wipe with a disinfectant cloth.

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