You should wash your hands after touching these 10 harmless things

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Washing your hands regularly prevents a lot of problems

Washing your hands after a visit to the toilet is, of course, the most natural thing in the world. But most people will be surprised to learn that there are many other things that are even dirtier than a toilet seat. Would you rather not think about this, and do you live by the motto that “a bit of dirt builds resistance”? If you do, then think again, because washing your hands more often means that a cold, flu or virus is less likely to be lurking.

1. Money

Cash: We take it without thinking and put it in our wallets. But research shows that the coins and notes we handle have a lot of dirt on them. For example, various viruses, poo bacteria, salmonella and bacteria from genitals have been found on cash. So, after touching money, wash your hands.

2. Menus

Most people take restaurant menus with both hands and dive in. However, research shows that an average menu carries nearly 200,000 different bacteria. You can’t avoid touching the menu, of course, but wash your hands after making your choice for lunch or dinner.

3. Door knobs, handles and levers

You probably know this. Grasping doorknobs, handles and levers is not very hygienic. Especially in public toilets and on public transport, things are full of bacteria and dirt. Been outside? Then always wash your hands when you return home.

4. General practices

Visitors to a general practice have something in common – after all, this is the reason they have come, right? Therefore, think for a moment before you grab a door handle, armrest or the pen at the counter.

5. Animals

Have you just patted your neighbor’s cat or dog on its head? Chances are you won’t wash your hands afterwards. However, according to experts, this is what you should do. Animals can carry various diseases, which can also be dangerous for humans.

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