The Most Surprising Places You’ll Find Germs—at School

By  August 30, 2013

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Who knew that sending your kids to school would akin to dropping them off at a germ factory? Yes, the classroom is crawling with icky microscopic bacteria that could lead to colds, viruses, and flus. But before you make the decision to home-school, learn about the most common hot-spot hangouts for pesky germs, and arm your kids with knowledge (and some Lysol).

Computer Lab
Anything shared is bound to harbor bacteria, but keyboards are especially notorious for spreading germs. Think of all those dirty (sucked-on, nose-picking, face-scratching) fingers tap, tap, typing away. That’s enough reason to BYO laptop. If that’s not an option, supply your child with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for a quick pre-work keyboard cleaning.

Cafeteria
Unfortunately, the place where your child eats his lunch is probably one of the more germ-ridden locations at school. It makes sense when you think about it—kids eat food and lick their fingers, touch things, and share desserts. In fact, plastic cafeteria lunch trays have been found to harbor more germs than the communal toilet seat. This is because toilets are cleaned frequently. Trays, on the other hand, are not.

Bathroom
That’s not to say the bathroom is germ-free—far from it. Toilet seats, sinks, and flush handles are all danger zones. Consider giving your child a to-go bottle of Lysol and toilet seat covers. Teach him to use a paper towel to flush the toilet and when using the sink.

Water Fountains
A water fountain is maybe the most common germ spreader at school. How many mouths touch that spout each day? And the button you press is also not exactly clean. Luckily there’s an easy solution for this water-drinking dilemma: Supply your child with a filled, reusable water bottle every day.