High Touch Area Sanitation for Better Health

posted Apr 10, 2012, 9:26 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 24, 2016, 8:00 AM ]
Daily Areas to Limit for Hygiene and Infection Control

For most of us, being a Germaphobe is something we want to stay away from. Whether we're avoiding the social stereotype or the negative consequences of Germaphobia, it has forever been an undesirable trait.


However, most people agree that they also want to avoid illness and disease.  How can we balance between the two extremes to experience better than average health?


Infection Control Principles for Better Health

We suggest choosing a few good hygiene habits to live by and just be good at the rest.  One that we highly suggest is to limit contact with areas with a high germ concentration or to sanitize after using them.  Having said that, this is a moment when you need to factor in a level of moderation.  We are not supporting an OCD approach to hygiene.  We would wear ourselves out avoiding or cleaning all the time.  Just choose a few from the list below and stick to them!


Besides choosing a few areas to be concerned about, one of the most important habits you can obtain is refraining from touching your face.  Touching your face is a main way that germs enter the body.


The following is a list of some high germ concentration areas you may encounter daily.  Again, choose a few to focus on and chill out about other places your hands may go.  This list is not comprehensive but it will get you started:


·         Gas pump handles

·         ATM keys

·         Phone booths

·         Door handles in general (specificly, bathroom doors

·         Sink knobs

·         Money (It’s Dirty!)

·         Pens and pencils

·         Restaurant items

o   check holders

o   cups and glasses

o   utensils

o   lids and straws

·         Makeup and cologne samples

·         Buffet trays

·         Buffet utensils

·         Vending machines

·         Bar snack bowls

·         Restaurant mint trays

·         Parking lot ticket distributors

·         Stadium seats

·         Host bathroom hand towels

·         Shopping carts... Everywhere

·         Grocery products

·         Fruits and vegetables

·         Escalator rails

·         Elevator buttons

·         Library books

·         Magazines

·         Community computers


Let us know if you want to add to the list with areas you encounter often with a lot of germs! (email info@OUTFOXprevention.com).

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