Although winter is almost over for most places, that doesn’t mean bacteria and germs and viruses and infections go away. No, they’re still there, lurking in plain sight on every surface. Lysol wipes, however much they are advertised and though you may swear by them, don’t remove all of the bacteria. Whether on your keyboard, mouse, light switch, earphones, door handles, table, cutting board, or behind that greasy oil jar, bacteria is everywhere. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t hate bacteria and germs. In fact, they are a very important part of our digestion. Some bacteria, such as live cultures in yogurt, are good for you. They also strengthen your immune system. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
- there can be more bacteria on your cell phone than on your toilet seat.
- try this: pour prepared plain gelatin into a small dish that you don’t mind throwing away. With a clean cotton swab, swab your cell phone (make sure it hasn’t been cleaned in the last 5 months.) Then wipe the side of the swab you used on hardened gelatin. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a dark, warm place. Observe as colorful, organic-shaped little blobs appear over the weeks. ***AFTER YOU ARE DONE OBSERVING, TAPE LID ONTO BOWL USING A LOT OF TAPE. DISCARD BOWL IMMEDIATELY.***
- you have more bacteria cells on you now than human skin cells.