When, if ever, was the last time you washed either your Germy Gloves and Scarves? We at ivalueSafety.com want to share a topic regarding washing your gloves and scarves.
Winter is here, and with that, comes colder weather. And during the cold weather season, it’s common to see many runny noses, coughs, sore throats, and respiratory infections such as the flu.
Be honest: Have you ever used your scarf or gloves to wipe your nose or cover a sneeze/cough when a tissue wasn’t available? Oh, my! And then with your runny nose-contaminated glove, you touch a steering wheel, doorknob, public transit railing, or seat—all the time spreading the germs to others.
Then, with your contaminated scarf that you used to cover a cough or a sneeze, you offer it to your child because she is colder than you are or hang it up in the office next to co-workers belongings. This is called cross contamination. Oh, my!
And do you take your gloves off with your teeth? If you do, the germs from your gloves are going right into your mouth. Oh, my!
Think about this—if you don’t wash your hands when appropriate, like after using the bathroom, then put your gloves on, the INSIDE of the glove is now contaminated. Oh, my!
You wash your hands, right? Also remember to wash your gloves and scarves on a regular basis, preferably once per week or when soiled.
It stands to reason that gloves and scarves are just as germy as other fabrics that haven’t been cleaned— maybe more so because they are less likely to be cleaned on a routine basis. Leather and suede gloves would most likely need to be dry cleaned, and knit gloves would probably not fare too well in the washing machine. But think about how germy they are after people cough, sneeze, and wipe their noses with their gloves and scarves!
Most germs will survive for two or three days on inanimate objects—some longer. They don’t have to look soiled or smell bad to be loaded with germs either!
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