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Top 10 Places That Germs Lurk in Your Home

Seeing that people recuperating from a total knee replacement have a compromised immune system, I thought it was appropriate to recirculate this informative article titled ‘Top Ten Places That Germs Lurk in Your Home’ on my tkr blog. It is also cold and flu season for everyone. This information has been on WebMD.com, Weather Channel, and other sites.

Got misophobia? You’re not alone. Fear of germs is common and can increase as busy schedules make cleaning time scarce, putting the most fastidious housekeeper on edge. To quell that fear of germs, it helps to know where the germs in your home hide — and the most important places to clean.

While researchers who track germs don’t agree 100%, here are 10 top places where germs lurk in your home- some probably surprising even to Martha Stewart. Let’s also learn how to send the bugs packing.

1. Germs Lurk in Your Home in your Kitchen Sponges
A kitchen sponge can carry more than 134,000 bacteria per square inch, according to a 2007 survey funded by Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Lysol, and performed by the Hygiene Council. Researchers swabbed 35 U.S. homes for bacteria in 32 different sites.

What makes a sponge so buggy? Using sponges for more than one purpose is common, and people tend to keep their sponges too long, allowing bacteria to multiply, says Kelly Bright, PhD, assistant research scientist at the University of Arizona. “It’s a moist environment, and a sponge is a nice breeding ground.”

Cross-contamination of sponges is common, Bright tells WebMD. You cut raw meat, wipe it up, then prepare another dish and wipe with the same sponge. On a typical sponge you’re likely to find Salmonella (which can cause food-borne illness) and Campylobacter, which can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain, Bright says.

Remedy:
Replace your sponge once a week or so, Bright suggests. Or put it in the dishwasher regularly or soak it in bleach for about 15 minutes. “The dirtier the sponge, the longer you have to soak it to be effective.”

2. Kitchen Sink
Whether empty or full of dishes, the kitchen sink is a germ hot spot, says Bright. “People do a lot of food preparation there,” and that food can lead to contamination, with kitchen drains having more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch, according to the Hygiene Council survey.

Remedy: If you think the last bit of soap suds from washing dishes will take care of things, think again, says Philip Tierno, Jr., PhD, director of clinical microbiology and immunology at Tisch Hospital, New York University Medical Center, and associate professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine.

“Soap doesn’t kill bacteria,” says Tierno, the U.S. representative for the Hygiene Council. His favorite cleaning solution: bleach and water. The FDA suggests kitchen sanitizers or a homemade solution of one teaspoon chlorine bleach in a quart of water, then letting it sit on the surface you’re cleaning for 10 minutes.

3. Germs Lurk in Your Home Here: Faucet Handles
Both bathroom and kitchen faucet handles are germ-catchers. In the Hygiene Council survey, kitchen faucet handles carried more than 13,000 bacteria per square inch and bathroom faucet handles had more than 6,000 bugs per square inch.

Remedy: “Use a disinfectant cleaner spray every time you clean up,” suggests Charles Gerba, PhD, professor of soil, water and environmental science at the University of Arizona, who has researched microbes extensively. In the kitchen, that should be once a day, he says. In the bathroom, at least once a week.

4. Germs Also Lurk in Your Home Here: Home Offices
Surprise: your home office is germier than the typical work office, says Gerba. In a recent study, he compared the average number of bacteria in work and home office to find the numbers of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can cause serious skin infections.

In his sampling of 60 home offices and 91 work offices, five sites were tested in each. MRSA was isolated in 15 home offices but no work offices. And overall, more bacteria were found in home offices than work offices. Germiest spots in the home office were the keyboard, mouse, phone, and desktop.

“Probably people eat more in the home office,” Gerba says, partially explaining the larger bug population. “You turn your desk into a bacteria cafeteria.”

Remedy: “Use disinfectant at least once a week” on home office surfaces, suggests Gerba.

5. Toilet Bowl
Not surprisingly, the top germ winner in the Hygiene Council survey was the toilet bowl (but not the seat) with 3.2 million bacteria per square inch. Still, Gerba insists, kitchens are dirtier overall. “There are about 200 times more fecal bacteria on a cutting board,” he says, “than on a toilet seat.”

Remedy: Toilet bowl germs form a biofilm, that slimy layer that develops when bacteria attach to a support such as the bowl, says Tierno. Tackle that film with your chlorine bleach and water solution.

6. Germs Lurk in Your Home Here: Bathtub
Never mind that you think the bubble bath left you and your tub squeaky clean. Lurking near the drain of the bathtub is nearly 120,000 bacteria per square inch, according to calculations made in the Hygiene Council Survey.

Remedy: Give your bathtub a buff with bath cleaner or a chlorine-water cleaning solution mixed up at home.

7. Germs in Your Home: Shower Curtain
The crud or soap scum that collects on your shower curtain probably Sphingomonas and Methylobacterium bacteria,says Norman Pace, PhD, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, University of Colorado, who collected biofilm from four vinyl shower curtains that had been in place more than six months in Boulder-area homes.

They found an abundance of Sphingomonas and Methylobacterium bacteria, and both could pose a problem for people who are immune-compromised, such as those who are HIV positive, or who have other diseases that make them prone to infections.

Remedy: Regular cleaning or replacement of the curtains is advised.

8. Germs in Your Home: Wet Laundry
What are germs doing in your washing machine? Probably contaminating other clothes. A load of just-washed clothes may look sparkling clean, but guess again.

Researchers at the University of Arizona found that intestinal viruses like hepatitis A are readily transferred from contaminated clothes to uncontaminated clothing during the washing.

Remedy: Bleach and drying time. The use of bleach reduced the number of infectious viruses on swatches after washing and drying by nearly 100%, the researchers found. Putting clothes through the drying cycle helped reduce viruses, too, according to Bright, and a hot water wash is good. “If you use the dryer, put it on hot,” she says, to kill remaining germs. And “separate adult clothes from kids’ clothes.”

9. Germs in Your Home: Vacuum Cleaner
It’s supposed to clean, but your vacuum cleaner is also a source of contamination, Gerba tells WebMD. “We looked at 30 vacuum brushes. € Fifty percent contained coliform fecal bacteria and 13% E. coli,” says Gerba. E. coli can cause diarrhea and other health problems. Coliform bacteria don’t typically cause illness, but are often found in the presence of other disease-causing organisms. “Vacuums become meals on wheels” for the bugs, Gerba says.

Remedy: “There’s not much you can do about the brush,” he says. “Vacuum the cleanest areas first and the dirtiest last,” he suggests. That way, you’ll be less likely to spread around as much bacteria. And if you use a bagless vacuum cleaner, wash your hands afterward, since bacteria can remain in the receptacle.

10. Finally, Germs Lurk in Your Home Here: Beds
Mattresses and pillows provide food for dust mites, Tierno tells WebMD, and bedding can also be a reservoir for molds and spores. “In the mattress core there are all sorts of human secretions and excretions,” he says. “Fecal matter as well as sweat and semen.” What’s the problem? “Bedroom debris is probably one of the biggest causes of allergic rhinitis,” Tierno says. “Allergy from dust mites is also a problem.”

Remedy: Place an “impervious” outer cover over the mattresses and pillows, Tierno says, to keep the debris contained. Then wash bedding regularly in water hot enough to kill the bugs.

Hope this information helps you learn more about protecting your health by knowing places where germs lurk in your home.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.


8 Factors Affecting Air Quality and Breathing

Hi everyone. Some of you are noticing difficulties breathing and have asked me about my situation. Other than what I have previously written about, I have come up with 8 factors affecting air quality and breathing that can easily be passed along. So, from first-hand experience….

Smoking/vaping – anything associated with nicotine. I don’t care how vaping is marketed, it’s nicotine carried via vapors. Symptoms may not be as quickly noticeable as tobacco smoking, but it still pollutes the air.

Tobacco. My body is super-sensitive to tobacco in any form. Whether it be second-hand smoke from cigarettes or cigars, smokey rooms, breathing someone’s tobacco breath, or any similar situation – I react.

Body odor. No description needed. Please.. soap, water, and effort is all it takes.

Bad breath. No description needed on how this affects air quality and breathing.

Cologne/body fragrances. Au naturale has my vote. I hope there’s not a commercial fragrance with that title.

Cleaning agents. Many commercially-prepared agents affect air quality. Start using natural sources like bleach, baking soda, and/or vinegar for results at a fraction of the cost. It’s amazing how a little baking soda on a wet cloth can scrub away grime.

Scented candles. Some more than others affect air quality and breathing.

Dust. Not everyone is sensitive to dust. I am. I once ended up with horrendous symptoms by attempting to sleep in a room full of dusty 40-year old collectibles.

My guests did not understand my breathlessness, migraine, nausea, vomiting, and sluggishness. I never stayed there again.

Well, I think that’s enough for now. Air quality does affect breathing, to some extent. Depending upon your individual situation, you may have it better or worse.

Remember, there are many more reasons that your breathing may be negatively affected. I recommend performing a Google search for health information on this topic, if interested.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

How To Increase Awareness

Hi everyone. Many of you have contacted me asking how you can best share the news about this site with others who may need it. Here are a following suggestions for how to increase awareness. And..thanks!

* Submit this site to your social media groups.

* Mention this site in your visits to other total knee replacement online sites. If you visit other knee forums, it provides a great opportunity to share the word about how this site has been helpful to you or one of your friends.

* Mention it to your offline friends, relatives and others you know who may find the information useful for their particular situation.

* You can also place a link to my site on your blog, website or other online content.
Copy and paste this text:
https://booktoots.com

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP IN TAKING STEPS ON HOW TO INCREASE AWARENESS!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Are You Familiar With A TKR Rejection?

Hi everyone. One of my faithful readers, Renee, has posted an interesting dilemma. She is seeking our help. Her body is dealing with tkr rejection. I have never heard of this before and find it quite interesting. Here is her story:

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“I got more info re my knee rejections. It appears my body does not like foreign objects. No allergies, infection or rheumatic disease. All bloodwork was normal.

I have been given one last option, to try a non approved drug to see if it will stop the loosening of my implants. If it works then I can have the surgery. If not, nothing can be done. No surgery.

I am telling you this as you have a lot of people who have had knee issues on your post.

I am seeking any information from anyone who may be going through this re my situation. I am also looking for doctors who have come across this.

Thanks for any help. Renee”
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Since I, Marie B (aka Booktoots) have never dealt with a tkr rejection situation, I am hoping some of you have and will take the time to post a comment. She trusts your feedback.

Let’s show her why this site is rated one of the best tkr blogs online by Healthline.com. Best TKR Blogs of 2017

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site, Booktoots’ Healing, is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

A Therapy Car For TKR Recuperation? YES!

Hi everyone. We all know the difficulties of getting in and out of a car after having a total knee replacement (aka tkr) surgery. There is some exciting news happening in the medical rehabilitation development field…it’s called a Therapy Car.

I just finished reading a very interesting article in the current issue of Virginia Mason’s newsletter. The Therapy Car was developed by the team members at this prestigious and world-known hospital. The device is in the licensing process for manufacture and distribution worldwide.

The model Therapy Car frame is composed of light-weight connectors and tubing that can be adjusted to simulate different automotive makes and models. There is something for everyone going through the total knee replacement recuperation process. How cool is that?

Before you go out and try to buy one, though – the therapy car is only used under the supervision of an occupational or physical therapist. It’ll be part of the therapy tools we can use during our tkr recuperation.

Find interesting? (And why wouldn’t you?)…Kindly share with others.

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physical concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical concerns for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

How To Naturally Improve Your Posture

Hello everyone. Slouching and other poor posture positions are becoming increasingly popular – especially when sitting in a chair all day, staring at a computer. I thought it would be worthy to share some insight about the importance posture plays in your overall health. Here’s insight into how to naturally improve your posture. Enjoy…

For some background – Poor posture places increased stress on joints, internal organs, and plays havoc on the spinal column. It can also negatively affect your balance. If you don’t believe me, tilt your upper body forward and start walking around.

In addition to increasing joint stress, poor posture results in improper spinal alignment which causes a number of health concerns. Health concerns include increased pain caused by pinched nerves, limited mobility and a number of other ailments that are not a lot of fun.

Hold in your stomach muscles. While going for walks, tighten your abdominal muscles so your navel goes toward your spinal column. Continue breathing normally and don’t stress out over it. It’s a natural process.

Your muscles like to be worked. Feel your spinal column straighten immediately. In fact, it’s hard…if not impossible…to slouch when your stomach (abdominal) muscles are tightened.

Try this maneuver next time you go walking, sitting for any length of time or even standing in line. Consciously make a point of doing it throughout the day- no matter what you are doing.

Pull your shoulders back. Instead of letting your shoulders slump, make a point of pulling them up and back so your chest is open. You will immediately find breathing easier, when done correctly.

Be proactive: Instead of letting your health decline to the point of needing a doctor’s visit, be proactive and check out your posture. This is especially true when you FIRST experience a tingling sensation in any extremity.

Poor posture may be the root of your concern. Do some stretches, take breaks, tighten your abs, sit up straight to improve your spinal alignment. It costs nothing, only an increased body awareness that helps develop healthy habits.

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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TKR Forums

Hi everyone. After doing research into knee replacement recuperation, I came upon a few new tkr forums discussing various aspects. It seems that forums talking about knee replacement, knee injuries, knee surgeries and other joint ailments are on the rise due to so many of us undergoing various procedures.

Part of the reason is the aging of the baby boomer populations. Increasing numbers of our age group are needing this surgery. We’re special..:)

So…I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for your support and input into making this a beneficial and successful site that offers a communication platform for all to participate in. It wouldn’t be possible without all of your help. 🙂

Keep improving with your total knee replacement every passing day!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner. She is a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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Looking To Buy Some Used Pots & Pans? Read this…

Happy New Year everyone. Hoping this new year finds you doing well and improving every day. Something recently came to my attention that …as the saying goes..”Set off the light bulb.” It involves buying used cookware from thrift stores, estate sales, consignment shops, or other venues where you do not personally know the buyers. Here’s the scoop I feel is worthy of sharing..

As many of you know, I wore a spica/full body cast for two years. How did I defecate during that time period, you may be asking? When standing, I used a sturdy hand-held cooking pot. Then, I emptied the contents into the toilet. Bedpans do not cut it when in the upright position. They didn’t for me, anyways.

Even though pots and pans can be scrubbed, sterilized, cleaned a million times, I still would not EVER buy or trust a used piece from anyone. That is my viewpoint, based on past experience.

Some of you may have a different opinion, I am simply sharing some insight into giving used cookware a second thought before purchasing. Do you really know how the cookware was used in a prior life?

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.


This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Do You Know About Blogging Etiquette?

Hi everyone. It’s that time again when I must reiterate some information. Due to the increasing popularity of my site, I am receiving greater numbers of people attempting to use my site for free exposure. Blogging is a way to bring people together. Sly advertising ploys do not fit the bill. Here are some fundamental rules of blogging:

* If you have something to sell, contact me directly. Do not include a link to your valuable website or product site in the post/comment. My site is not a free advertising forum. If you do include a link, I will simply remove it and post your comment “as is”. My readers regularly approach me asking where to turn for specific products or services, so take advantage of this and inquire about advertising opportunities.

* Stop sending me very well-written posts discussing the virtues of a product that you or your company either sell or develop. I’m not printing these comments without removing the link(s) first. Period. The best way to get your point across is by approaching me directly and asking about guest blogger opportunities. Every guest blogger on my site gets a free link to his or her own site/product at the end of a 500-word post/article.

* I do not accept product reviews as comments. Most of the reviewers are paid, therefore skewing the information. So..stop sending them. They will be deleted. Or, I will alter content to suit my reader’s needs. Period.

* Everyone loves praise, except when it’s used as an enticement. Avoid telling me how great I am only to end your comment with a pitch about how I can benefit by visiting your wonderful, SEO-impacted website or utilizing your state-of-the-art technological skills. It ain’t happening.

So, that’s about it for now. Thanks for taking the time to read this post. So many people are blogging anymore, the rules of blogging etiquette are easily forgotten. If you do not know the rules, go to your local library, bookstore, or online REPUTABLE source to learn more. Tons of information exists.

It is VERY important to remember that proper protocol exists in well-established, high caliber blogs like this one. Use it and succeed. Ignore it and fail. Period.

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Happy July 4th Weekend!

Wishing everyone a joyous, festive and safe July 4th weekend. Happy Independence Day to all my U.S. readers. 🙂 Enjoy the barbeques, good food and…if you have a chance…watch the holiday classic with James Cagney playing George M. Cohan…”Yankee Doodle Dandy”. It’s the best!

Be grateful for our freedoms, that we sometimes take for granted.

Be safe while using or watching fireworks.

Patiently Waiting for March

Kudos to all the New Year’s resolutionists who bank of this being the year for getting in shape and losing weight. It happens every year. Then, around March they fall off the band wagon. It is at that time that this population realizes the hard work involved in reaching their goals.

Short note here…I am patiently waiting for March. That’s all I am going to say.

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Posting Update

Hi my favorite readers,
It’s time again for posting some common sense information. Seems that within the past two months there has been a tremendous upswing of irrelevant and stupid postings to this site.

First of all, some of these posts come from business-related emails. If you have a legitimate business and truly want to get your word out…contact me for advertising opportunities. Otherwise, don’t waste my email space and reading time.

Secondly, some posts come with a short five-word comment such as “Great article! Thanks!” “Impressive post! Htanks for the info!” (misspelling is common with these posting types). I know that Internet usage “knowhow” states to get your word out by placing posts on as many websites as possible. The intent is to get viewers to come to your website. Once again….it ain’t gonna happen on this site. Either approach me as an intelligent, well-informed business owner with something to truly offer or hit the road. I don’t like that type of stupidity and either will my readers appreciate it. They’re smarter than that.Currently, I put those comments into the Trash or Spam file.

So….please have more respect for both Internet website owners such as myself and for the readers of those websites. Use your intelligence and common sense…if you have any.

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