I may never go outside again!

Good morning everyone,

Well, after my soaking wet ride to work, yesterday turned out to be pretty nice, didn't it? Yeah, it was a bit humid, but really, we can't complain, can we? It'll be nice for the next few days. The mornings will see lows around 14C or 15C and highs of around 25C in the middle of the day. The next time we might see rain is next Wednesday...I hope.

So, we all know toilets are dirty. Heck-I'm go glad that I'm not a woman and don't have to touch anything when I use public toilets. And we suspect (and you'd be right) that hospitals and doctor's offices are germ-ridden too, right? I mean, they're full of sick people! Of course everything is covered in germs!

But there's more...did you ever think about other spots that are covered in germs? Well, studies have shown the top 6 (other than toilets and hospitals) places to find germs in public. Some of them are obvious, but a couple were a bit surprising to me, including the first one.

Restaurant menus
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Have you ever seen anyone wash off a menu? Probably not. Cold and flu viruses can survive for 18 hours on hard surfaces. If it's a popular restaurant, hundreds of people could be handling the menus—and passing their germs on to you. Never let a menu touch your plate or silverware, and wash your hands after you place your order.

Grocery carts
grocery cart

The handles of almost two-thirds of the shopping carts tested in a 2007 study were covered in bacteria. In fact, the bacteria on the carts exceeded those of the average public restroom. Swab the handle with a wipe before grabbing hold (stores are starting to provide them, so look around for a dispenser). And while you're wheeling around the supermarket, skip the free food samples, which are nothing more than communal hand-to-germ-to-mouth zones.

Soap dispensers
soap dispenser

About 25 per cent of public restroom dispensers are contaminated with bacteria. Soap that harbours bacteria may seem ironic, but that's exactly what a recent study found. Be sure to scrub your hands thoroughly with plenty of hot water for 15 to 20 seconds—and if you happen to have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, use that, too.

Lemon wedges 
lemon slice

According to a 2007 study, nearly 70 per cent of the lemon wedges on the rims of restaurant glasses contain disease-causing germs. When the researchers ordered drinks at 21 different restaurants, they found germs lingering on the 76 lemons that they were served. Tell your server that you'd prefer your beverage sans fruit. Why risk it?

Restroom door handles
restroom handle

Don't think you can escape the restroom without touching the door handle? Palm a spare paper towel after you wash up and use it to grasp the handle. Yes, other patrons may think you're a germ-a-phobe—but you'll never see them again, and you're the one who won't get sick.

Condiment dispensers
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Did any of those surprise you? I have to admit that condiment dispensers, menus and lemons were a bit surprising for me. I won't be resting my menus on my dishes anymore that's for sure!

Have a great day! And make sure you keep some handwipes nearby when you go out-I know I will!

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