The 18 Germiest Places You Encounter on a Daily Basis

Find out how to combat the germs hiding in your home, office, and even at the grocery store!

The 18 Germiest Places You Encounter on a Daily Basis

By Toni Gasparis

From the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep, you encounter a lot of germs. Many places in your kitchen, bathroom, office, as well as items you use every day, can carry bacterium like salmonella and listeria. Find out where these germs are hiding so you can arm yourself with the knowledge and the disinfectant to fight them off.


Sponge

A sponge is the by far one of the germiest items in your kitchen. From wiping down your counters to wiping old food off your plates, a sponge collects food and along with it any bacteria. Kill the germs in your sponge by throwing it in the dishwasher, rinsing it with hot water and soap, and replacing it every couple of weeks.

Watch: How Much Bacteria is on Your Sponge

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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