In order to have a strong immune system, you need to be exposed to bacteria. It allows our bodies to develop defenses and, ultimately, protect itself when a real threat comes along. Unfortunately, due to our over-sanitized society, many people are not getting the exposure that they need. Of course, you shouldn’t run out and fraternize with someone who is sick, but you shouldn’t use antibacterial wipes at every chance either.

Indeed, these wipes don’t even really do anything for you, except cause the bacteria to become more resistant. Regular old soap does the job quite well. So the point of this isn’t to freak you out, but remind you that bacteria are all around us—our bodies are virtual ecosystems. So if you want to stay healthy, just wash your hands regularly and keep them away from your face. It’s quite simple, really. Here, Master Cleaners has created an infographic that shows ten things that are infected with bacteria, and that we touch everyday. Some are kind of obvious, but some are rather surprising.


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