Even if you’re not a germaphobe, when you have kids, you have to think about all the stuff they come in contact with that could potentially be exposing them to strep, pink eye, and yuck…WORSE! Sure, you’ve got your Purell, and you’ll need it after visiting any of these germy places your kid is likely to catch their next bug.
- The pediatrician’s waiting room - Even when your little one is hacking and feverish, they still want to touch every truck, puzzle piece, and toy in the waiting room, and maybe even put them in their mouths. And all other kids do too, so they’re probably being exposed to some nasty germs.
- Ball pits - These are known for being dirtier than a toilet seat, so remember that next time your kid jumps in face first. And don’t forget the toddler in there with the leaky diaper who just got out. The thing is, how would you even disinfect a ball pit? It’s not easy, so it’s not done often.
- Your sink - Get this: the kitchen sink has 1,000 times more illness-causing microbes than a toilet bowl. Let that one sink in for a minute...
- Classrooms - This is the germiest place in the whole school, especially the water fountain spigot. Next time you want to do something nice for your kid’s class, buy them some more Clorox wipes!
- Car seats - Once again that phrase “dirtier than a toilet” comes up. Researchers at the University of Birmingham found “an average of 100 dangerous bacteria per square centimeter of car seat,” which is more than double what they found on toilets. So gross!
- Your floor - If you don’t already have a no shoes inside policy, consider this: A few of the toxins typically found on the bottom of our shoes include pesticides, fecal bacteria, and gasoline. And a baby crawling on the floor might put her hand in her mouth as many as 80 times an hour. That shoes basket by the door sounds pretty good now, right?