Recent Preventing Germs Articles

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Hot Water for Handwashing: Not So Great After All

Posted by Katie Marks | Dec 16, 2013

If you're like me, you probably learned from a young age that when you wash your hands, you need to turn the tap to hot, lather up, and rinse your hands. Ideally, you should be running...

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How To Make Household Disinfectants With No Bleach

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Jun 06, 2013

I’m torn. I am a hippie at heart. I was raised by hippies. I grew up weaving yarn on a loom and dancing to drum circles. Some people are born with a silver spoon? I was born with...

Cleaning the pool is an important home maintenance task because people and animals are mostly disgusting. (Photo: -Oxford-/

Is it OK to pee in the pool?

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 27, 2013

Pool season has arrived. Suspicion will soon mount about that child who managed to swim for four hours straight. When grandpa jumps in the pool straight after his five hour drive to...

I'd bet money that this guy has some pretty fierce fish breath. (Photo: Ben Earwicker/

DIY Bad Breath Cures

Posted by Noah Garfinkel | Jul 24, 2012

Breath is always a little bad. If you catch a whiff of someone’s everyday, normal, no-unusual-food breath, it still smells a little weird. Basically what’s going on is you’re...

A screen dome like the one pictured is a great way to protect food from pests. (Photo: Nico Paix/Flickr)

Summer Picnic Food Safety Tips

Posted by Leah Batkin | May 10, 2012

Your boyfriend didn’t appreciate getting food poisoning last summer, so make sure this year’s picnic menu meets the highest standards of food safety before heading out to...

With so many uses for shower caps, we give you permission to hoard them. [photo: jrod804/flickr]

Eleven Great Uses for Shower Caps

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Apr 06, 2012

I’ll admit it, I totally do it. Oh you do it too? Well that’s good. Yeah, I think most people do. Of course, I’m talking about those irresistible sample-sized bath...


Training Your Cat to Use a Toilet

Posted by David Aaron Moore | Feb 12, 2012

The thought of a feline urinating on a ceramic bowl generally reserved for the passing of human waste seems to conjure up endless reams of laughter among most individuals – both cat...

See that? Sheets in a hamper. 10 points for the person who actually changes her sheets. Photo: Chaya Kurtz

New Year's Resolutions: Quit These 10 Gross Habits

Posted by Adam Verwymeren | Dec 26, 2011

The new year is time to turn over a new leaf and put some of your bad habits behind you. While many will try to lose weight or quit smoking - admirable goals, indeed - the new year...