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Germy-ist Surfaces You Touch Every Day

You may have heard claims that germs and viruses can “live” surfaces for extended periods of time. You may also hear that this period of time can be as much as days or even months after contact with a surface.

Sounds scary right?

Let’s clarify… The term “live” is misleading and those long time periods are even more misleading. Although virus DNA has been found on surfaces for days after exposure, they are not often infectious for that long. In 2011, a study found that after 9 hours of exposure, influenza was no longer viable on non-porous metal and plastic surfaces. The reason they’re less potent after 24 hours is that their protein coating becomes worn down and they’re less capable of replicating.

True: several germs and viruses (such as those that cause the common cold) can remain genetically intact for over 7 days on non-porous indoor surfaces.

False: those viruses can continue to infect humans and cause illness for more than 24 hours.

Here are some common germs/viruses and the length of time they can “survive” on surfaces:

  • Clostridium difficile (diarrhea): five months on hard surfaces
  • Salmonella and campylobacter (foodborne illness): one to four hours on hard surfaces
  • Flu (influenza) virus: up to 24 hours on hard surfaces

Did you know that our skin harbors bacteria that fight these germs and viruses? Fortunately, most germs and bacteria can only survive on our hands for 5 minutes!

Unfortunately, that IS enough time to transfer germs to hard surfaces. Since the average person touches their face around 15 times per hour, that is plenty of time to contract an infectious disease.

So what are the most likely places for you to pick up germs and viruses? Here is our list:

10. Restaurant menus

Menus can be hard to clean, particularly disposable ones that get unintentionally thrown back into a pile. It would be easy for germs to hide on a paper menu and pass from person-to-person all day.

9. Office breakroom

Frequented by all your co-workers throughout the workday, the office break room is a premier hiding place for germs and bacteria. Pay special attention to the refrigerator handle and coffee pot handle. After touching mouses, keyboards, and desks which are seldom cleaned, there’s a good chance your coworkers are carrying germs and viruses all over the office.

9. Office breakroom

Frequented by all your co-workers throughout the workday, the office break room is a premier hiding place for germs and bacteria. Pay special attention to the refrigerator handle and coffee pot handle. After touching mouses, keyboards, and desks which are seldom cleaned, there’s a good chance your coworkers are carrying germs and viruses all over the office.

8. ATM

Scientists in New York City found microbes left behind from food like fish and chicken, bacteria from rotting plant and dairy products, and mold linked to spoiled baked goods. Both indoor and outdoor machines were harboring viruses, but laundromats and stores were the worst culprits.

7. Uber/Lyft car seat

Drivers rarely get the chance to clean their cars thoroughly between rides. That means you’re sitting in the same germs as several people who came before you.

7. Uber/Lyft car seat

Drivers rarely get the chance to clean their cars thoroughly between rides. That means you’re sitting in the same germs as several people who came before you.

6. Digital devices

What is the thing you touch most often, all day long? Your phone. Since we’re not able to thoroughly wash our phones they tend to carry around the germs which we’ve washed away from other surfaces.

5. Keys

Have you ever thought to wash your keys? Probably not.

4. Hotel Room Remote Control

Several studies have found that remote controls harbor bacteria in their crevices. If you don’t want to carry around the same germs as the previous guest, it would be wise to ensure the remotes have been cleaned.

3. Shopping carts

Shopping carts go through a lot of use all day every day. In addition to all the dirty hands that touch the handles, every item from the store shelves travels in and out of these germ-mobiles. Unwanted viruses can easily travel from one side of the store to another via shopping carts.

3. Shopping carts

Shopping carts go through a lot of use all day every day. In addition to all the dirty hands that touch the handles, every item from the store shelves travels in and out of these germ-mobiles. Unwanted viruses can easily travel from one side of the store to another via shopping carts.

2. Baby changing table

This area is often overlooked when maintenance workers clean a bathroom. Secondly, users are not always diligent about cleaning up after themselves. Thirdly, due to the dirty nature of its use, changing tables can hold onto some of the nastiest germs around.

1. Door knobs & switches

Tiny objects that get touched by everyone often contain big pools of germs. Don’t let their shiny nature fool you, they are often hiding presents left behind by everyone who’s entered a room. Make sure you are cleaning stove knobs and microwave handles also. These areas rarely look dirty but they’re able to hide a lot of microbial life.

1. Door knobs & switches

Tiny objects that get touched by everyone often contain big pools of germs. Don’t let their shiny nature fool you, they are often hiding presents left behind by everyone who’s entered a room. Make sure you are cleaning stove knobs and microwave handles also. These areas rarely look dirty but they’re able to hide a lot of microbial life.

According to the CDC, “Disinfectants kill germs on surfaces. By killing germs on a surface after cleaning, you can further lower the risk of spreading infection.” TouchSmart contains ingredients that are well known to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria on surfaces. With a portable design, it’s meant to be taken on-the-go so you can keep yourself safe from all the surfaces you encounter daily AND keep those around you safe. You no longer need to rely on a restaurant thoroughly cleaning a table before you arrive, or your co-workers washing their hands -- you’re armed with the first line of defense!

TouchSmart is your first line of defense. 

By now you may be wondering, “What IS a good solution for sanitizing my hands when water and soap are not available?”

This is exactly why we made TouchSmart. It’s the least harmful product for your hands because it’s not intended for use on your hands at all! You simply spray TouchSmart on a surface and wait 30 seconds. This is called the “dwell time” and it is necessary so TouchSmart can do it’s damage to surface contaminants. We made it in a portable bottle so you can take heavy-hitting cleaning power with you on-the-go. And we chose only the best ingredients to be included in every bottle of TouchSmart - denatured ethanol alcohol, essential oils, and water. It smells great AND fights the microscopic battles you can’t on your own.

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