Places Where Germs Live:
101 Reasons to Use Hand Sanitizers

There is no place in your day-to-day activities where you won’t find bacteria, viruses and germs.

When it comes to your health and personal hygiene—you can’t underestimate the importance of keeping your hands clean. They’re the most common way your body comes into contact with dirty surfaces that can cause you to catch and spread germs that may cause illness.

Listed below are some of the most common places and surfaces in everyday life where you can easily pick-up bacteria, viruses and germs without even being aware of their presence

Home and Shopping

  1. Shopping carts handles
  2. Doors and windows handles
  3. Remote controls (TVs, DVRs, etc.)
  4. Kitchen worktops – should be cleaned daily with antibacterial cleaner
  5. Kitchen sink – should be washed daily
  6. Kitchen sponges
  7. Kitchen napkins
  8. Refrigerator handles
  9. Oven and kettle handles
  10. Cooker gas knobs
  11. Lights switches
  12. Toilet seats
  13. Water tap handles
  14. Sofa arm rests in living room
  15. Benches in garden
  16. Stair handrails
  17. Side table drawers in bedrooms, kitchen or in bathroom
  18. Dining chairs handles
  19. Showers at home – should clean shower walls and floors regularly
  20. Wash basins in bathrooms
  21. Bath tubs
  22. Payment counters in shopping malls
  23. Card payment machines keypads
  24. Public restrooms in shopping malls
  25. Shopping basket handles


  1. Chair handles
  2. Drawer handles
  3. Door handles
  4. Keyboard
  5. Mouse
  6. Canteen surfaces
  7. Office bathroom surfaces
  8. Inside drawers
  9. Staff room microwave handle
  10. Staff room electric kettle handle
  11. Staff room refrigerator handle
  12. Objects placed on table
  13. Paper weight
  14. Printer buttons and trays
  15. Calculator buttons
  16. Fax machine buttons
  17. Telephone hand sets
  18. Telephone buttons
  19. Head phones

Commuting and On-the-Road

  1. Car door handles
  2. Mirror handles
  3. Dashboard surface
  4. Gas pump nozzles
  5. Toll booth tickets and currency
  6. Escalator handrails
  7. Elevator buttons
  8. Bus seats and handles
  9. Door handles at highway rest stops
  10. Public restrooms at highway rest stops
  11. Gas station restrooms
  12. Gas pump keypads
  13. Taxi seats and door handles
  14. Currency at gas stations
  15. Turnstiles

Traveling and Vacation

  1. Resort or hotel room door handles
  2. Electric switches in hotel room
  3. Remote controls for TV and AC in hotel room
  4. Swimming pool
  5. Currency at shopping places or food outlets
  6. Benches at public places and parks
  7. Window handles in hotel room
  8. ATM machines keypads
  9. Hotel room door keys or cards
  10. Counters at hotel check-in areas
  11. Seat handles in plane
  12. Magazines in plane
  13. Baggage lockers in airports
  14. Soap dispensers
  15. Toilet flush handles in airplanes
  16. Toilet flush handles in hotel rooms

Hospitals and Clinics

  1. Ambulance door handles
  2. Hospital reception counter
  3. Seat handles in waiting room and in cafeterias
  4. Toilet door handles
  5. Toilet seats
  6. Table surfaces in waiting rooms
  7. Elevator doors and buttons
  8. Stair handrails
  9. Wheelchair handles
  10. Curtains and blinds in rooms
  11. Paper towel dispensers

Gyms, Pools and Recreational Areas

  1. Exercise bike handles and keypads
  2. Treadmill handles and keypads
  3. Medicine balls
  4. Jump rope handles
  5. Sun bathing seats at pools
  6. Handles of gym equipment machines
  7. Shower floor at gyms – Athlete’s Foot and fungal nail infections are commonly caught in these areas
  8. Seats in sauna rooms
  9. Shower walls
  10. Hot tubs
  11. Locker rooms
  12. Indoor pools – foot Fungus is Common
  13. Sweat bands – don’t ever share yours with anyone
  14. Shared towels in gyms – don’t share towels and use a clean and dry towel at each visit
  15. Gym countertops

In a perfect world, the best way to avoid getting illnesses from germs is to keep these surfaces clean. In the real world, you can practice good hand hygiene by using hand sanitizers after coming into contact with these surfaces.
According to the American Journal of Infection Control, using hand sanitizers can kill organisms and reduce contamination against germs and bacteria. So, when washing your hands with soap and water is not an option--your best defense against germs is to make sure you always keep pocket hand sanitizers, hand sanitizer pens or sanitizing wipes with you to clean your hands after touching germy surfaces.

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