What's making you sick?

By Jodi Mohrmann, Managing editor of special projects, jmohrmann@wjxt.com
Published On: Mar 07 2014 03:47:59 PM EST
Updated On: Mar 09 2014 12:00:00 AM EST

What does your toothbrush, your purse, your shoes and your leftovers all have in common? They could be making you sick!

Keeping your toothbrush by the sink exposes it to any of the 3.2 million microbes per square inch in your toilet. And when you flush, these can be shot six feet into the air!

The bottom of your purse sits a lot of different places during the day, so be careful where you put it. The average purse bottom can have up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch.

Putting warm leftovers right into the fridge can put you at risk for food poisoning. Uneven cooling can foster bacteria growth.

Also, walking through the house with your shoes on can track in allergens. One study even found lawn chemicals were tracked into the house for an entire week after being sprayed. So avoid keeping your shoes in a closet, and instead keep them by the door.

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