How can I avoid germs on devices I touch during the day?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Before you grab a handful of walnuts and the remote to turn on the TV, take a look at the keypad. How many people in your house touched the remote today? Unless everyone washes his or her hands each and every time they touch it, the remote is a breeding ground for germs. Take a not-too-moist disinfecting cleaning cloth to all remotes and phones. Ask everyone to wash their hands or use alcohol-based sanitizers before (and after) touching them.

Take a look around at all the electronic devices you touch over the course of the day. You may be the only one touching your computer keypad but that doesn't mean it isn't riddled with germs. Each time you shut down, take a cleaning cloth to the keyboard and mouse. If you are willing to make the investment, there are UV disinfecting wands available.

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