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Things you forget to clean

Some of the seemingly harmless stuff we handle daily can have 16 000 times more germs than a toilet seat, says Dr Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona in the US. Watch out for these:


1 Your handbag

The bottom of your bag is teeming with tens of thousands of bacteria per square centimetre, Gerba’s research shows. Germs climb aboard when you set your bag on the floor, so keep it on your shoulder or lap – and opt for leather bags, which are easy to disinfect with a weekly wipe.


2 Your dashboard

Car consoles in warm climates are home to bacteria, while those in cold areas are prone to mould, Gerba says. Use antibacterial wipes to clean your dashboard, radio, indicator lever and headlight switch.


3 Fresh produce

Water misters in the supermarket make vegetables and fruit look pretty, but the spouts can be filled with bacteria, which then get depos- ited on your dinner. So be sure to scrub produce under cold water, then pat it dry before putting it away in your fridge.

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