Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday - Germ control

Even though we are getting to the end of cold & flu season, there are always plenty of germs floating around. Who hasn't had a "summer cold", or been bitten by a nasty stomach virus at any time of year?

We decided to eliminate the hand-towel from our bathroom. Even changing it as often as once a day, it can still get loaded with little germs from little (or big) hands that didn't get as clean as they should while washing.

Paper towels were a good replacement at first, but thy were bulky and seemed wasteful.

So here's what we do instead:

I bought a cheap-o pack of 30 washcloths for $5. One hand-drying per washcloth ensures no sharing germs. I bought white so they can be bleached every other wash or so.

Dale (4) folds them after they've been washed (which works double for me - it's a great chore for him, and one less job for me!) and we keep them stacked in a basket on the bathroom counter. 30 washcloths for the 3 of us that wash our hands in the bathroom last about 3 or 4 days. There is usually a need for a whites load by then anyway, so this doesn't even cost me an extra load of laundry!

A simple solution for less germ spreadage works for me!

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Teri said...

What a great tip! I'm HORRIBLE about changing the hand-towel in our bathrooms!

Thanks for commenting on my easter activities on my blog! I hope you give them a try! Let me know how those empty tomb cookies turn out! ;)

Have a blessed Easter!

fairenuff said...

I love your idea. I toyed with the idea of doing something similar. In the end I got us separate towels for the bathroom. Tony is banned from using the ones that the girls use, which is brilliant white so that I can see when it has dirt on it. I know, I know, those germs dont stand up and wave! Tony has a way of CLEANING his hands on the towel instead of in the sink. Grrrr!

Melissa said...

very neat idea!!