With the millions of germs we come across each day, some are more dangerous than others. To protect ourselves, we wash our hands, disinfect our kitchens and bathrooms, and use hand sanitizer wheneverwe encountersomeone who is sick. However, there are a couple of places that we sometimes overlook.

Germs thrive in the nooks of your jewelry because they are often hard to clean. Even washing your hands doesn't rid yourself of all of the bacteria. However, silver is antimicrobial, inhibiting the growth of microorganisms, so if your jewelry is made of this metal and is smooth-it should be relatively germ free.

Yoga Mats
Although most gyms have antibacterial spray, it is rare to see the yoga mats sprayed clean. So it's suggested to bring your own.

You wash your sheets and pillowcases but actual pillows are rarely thrown in the laundry machine. Pillows contain mold, bacteria, and dust mites. So the next time you are washing your sheets, wash your pillow as well.

Desks are often times overlooked as a place to clean by custodians because they are considered a private area. Remember to take charge and regularly clean your area.

Purses are teeming with bacteria since when they are not on your shoulder; they are often left on the floor. So remember to wipe your purses off from time to time.

Gas Pumps
71 percent of gas pump handles have a high enough concentration of bacteria to cause illness. That's why it is important to wash your hands after using it.

Communal Buttons
41 percent of ATMs, 40 percent of parking meters, and 35 percent of vending machines contain high levels of bacteria. After touching all of these buttons, it's important to use sanitizer.

Reusable Grocery Bags
The big problem with the reusable grocery bags is that most people do more than use them for groceries. People also carry shoes, gym clothes, and dirty laundry in these but rarely do they wash them.

As most people know, germs thrive in moist environments. That includes your toothbrush. Also, every time your toilet is flushed, fecal bacteria are spewed in the air. To keep yourself safe, close your toilet lip while flushing and replace our toothbrush every three to four months.

Kitchen Sponges
As we mentioned before, moist environments are breeding ground for bacteria. However, there's a simple solution: microwave your sponge for two minutes every day to kill the germs. You also need to replace them every two weeks.

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