The Germiest Places in the Mall
As you head out to shop for the holidays, be aware of potentially harmful bacteria and viruses lurking around the great deals at the mall. Stay away from the following germy mall locations:
The restroom sink
More bacteria lingers around the sink than the door handle or the toilet handle in public restroom. Since people touch the faucet handle immediately after using the toilet, bacteria collects in this location. The soap may also harbor germs, particularly when refillable soap dispensers are used.
Think twice before you steady yourself with the escalator handrail. Recent testing found E. coli, urine, mucus, feces, and blood on escalator handrails. If you must use the handrail, keep hand sanitizer handy for afterward.
The clothes you try on have probably been tried on before. Skin cells and perspiration are often left behind, serving as food for bacterial growth. Wear full-coverage underwear, especially when trying on pants, and bandage cuts or wounds before putting on a piece of clothing.
A 2005 study found that between 67% and 100% of makeup-counter testers were contaminated with bacteria, including staph, strep, and E. coli. Itâ€™s best to buy makeup before trying it on, then return if the shade is off.
What are your best germ-avoiding tips while shopping?