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​Wash your kitchen towels

You use them to wipe dishes and maybe also hands, counters, even your baby’s sticky face. So toss dirty dish towels into the laundry at the end of every day and pull out fresh ones each morning. This may seem like overkill, but kitchen spills can contain dangerous bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella. When University of Arizona researchers analyzed kitchen towels collected from homes in five cities, nearly 90 percent of the towels were teeming with bugs from the intestines and feces of humans and animals.

"Buy a bunch of inexpensive white hand towels for your kitchen,” suggests Kelly Reynolds, PhD, who was part of the research team, “and toss used ones into the laundry each night.”

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