As a future public health official, I can't help but occasionally comment on germs. There was a great article on this topic in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, 9/29, entitled, "Where the Germs Are." The article details some of the germiest places in our lives including: our own kitchens, the office, public restrooms and the gym.
Without going into nasty detail, here's some things that you should just do:
Wash your linens and towels in hot water and dry them all the way
Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry
Don't store your toothbrush near your toilet
Clean your desktop every once and while, or daily if you eat there
Microwave your kitchen sponge for 30 seconds or run it through the dishwasher frequently
Make good use of tissues when you're in public places: like use a tissue to open doors and use a napkin to pour the milk at the coffee shop
The good news is that our immune systems can usually handle the millions of germs that we encounter everyday, but it's wise to take precautions where we can.