6 Germ Hot-Spots -- and How to Deal With Them

Grocery Store

You're A Germaphobe If You plan to keep using shopping-cart covers until your kid is 10 years old.

The Dirt Grocery-cart handles are far germier than most anything else, according to Charles Gerba, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Germ), professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In addition to bacteria from hands, raw meat juices and pesticide residue can end up there too.

Stay-Healthy Strategy That shopping-cart cover is perfect for a baby or toddler -- just don't forget to wash it regularly or else you're defeating its purpose. When you don't use a cover, disinfectant wipes, which are being offered more frequently at the front of many grocery stores, have been proven to kill germs and bacteria left behind. Bring your own, if need be, so that you can wipe down handles or even hands after anyone's touched packages of meat or poultry. And of course, when it's age-appropriate, teach your child not to put things in her mouth

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