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8 Surprising Places Germs Lurk

Plus, smart ways to banish them.
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8. Your TV remote

Anything that multiple people touch and is seldom cleaned is a hotspot for harboring germs. And your telly's remote control, which has practically endured everything from being dropped on the floor to being coughed on, is a dream breeding ground for bacteria. A study by the University of Virginia showed that the remote control has one of the germiest surfaces among household items -- about half of the remote controls tested were positive for cold viruses and the germs could live for two days or more.

Reduce the risk: Sanitize your remote control on a regular basis using an alcohol wipe.

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