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Dirty Shopping Malls and Carts

I don't do Black Friday. Dirty shopping malls and carts are just not my thing especially when there's a nasty stomach bug going around; a good friend is puking and pooping clear water as I type. But I also don't like to get up at daylight and rush out the door only to dodge elbows of crazed shoppers trying to get at that (probably one or two at the most in stock) "teaser" product before somebody else does.

The crowds suck but the main reason I do my dead level best to avoid shopping malls during cold and flu season is to avoid becoming infected with every virus making its rounds. When it comes to malls and shopping centers; if you build them and throw out a few hot products tagged with super cheap prices they will come. And by "they" I mean staph infections, flu viruses and lots of other really nasty germs left all over the place and NO Virginia, not just the unflushed toilets in the restrooms. Those little buggers are everywhere.

What is the most germy, nasty spot in the public bathroom? Well, you may be surprised to learn it's not the commode; experts say it's the sink!

When you think about it it makes sense. What do people touch right after they go to the toilet or change the baby's diaper? Those germy hands touch the faucets that probably get washed once a day at best leaving some of the worst strains of bacteria to grow. The sinks and faucets are both damp and dirty which translate into spa-like conditions for a germ where they can thrive unhindered and be spread to each and every unsuspecting visitor.

And if you were counting on germicidal soaps to save you, you should be aware that a large percentage of handwashing soap from the dispensers that they tested contained high levels of bacteria! WTH!

It's still your best bet to scrub your hands after using the bathroom for the time it takes you to sing "Happy Birthday". However, in light of these discoveries, you might consider packing a travel size of your own brand of eco-friendly, chemical-free hand soap in your purse or diaper bag so that you don't carry the germs from the dirty shopping malls and carts home with you.


medical accident said...

Yes you are right and many of the people thinks as u think these all black Friday and same like it are just the false attraction.
Thank you very much for the posting.

Diane said...

I have to agree with you. Last year I almost tried on a garment at one of these malls and noticed someone must have blown their nose of the sleeve. How gross!

I remember reading somewhere that during the Bubonic Plague of the Middle Ages there were four thieves that concocted a mixture that supposedly kept them alive.

There are variations of this formula but the main ingredients are essential oils such as clove, thyme,rosemary eucalyptus, mixed with cider vinegar.

If you scout around the web you will see recipes for 4 thieves vinegar. These oils have antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

It would make a good spray during flu and cold season.

Michelle said...

I didn't even think about that aspect of Black Friday. I'm just weary of crowds.

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Computer Disposal said...

When I lived in Sheffield, UK, I used to go to the UK's largest indoor shopping mall, Meadowhall. At the time, the warm atmosphere, large number of people and location (north UK) resulted in me getting more colds than I was used to. The past 5 years, I've been living in the country and have had 2 colds during this time. However, I've also given up smoking.

Kolorkist said...

You are ten times more likely to catch the flue staying at home and being infdected by a loved one lol

Castors said...

very informative post.

beach robe said...

Great blog - healthy living and keeping the immune system boosted is probably the best way to stay unaffected by bugs.

Bill said...

You can never be too careful when it comes to looking after your child's health. Kids love going to the mall/shopping centre and hang out with parents, but we, as such, should be aware of the dangers that these places hold in terms of germs...