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Fact: You Need to Replace Your Kitchen Sponge WAY More Often Than You Think

  If you’re currently sipping your matcha latte out of a freshly washed mason jar, you’re going to want to put it down and read this. It’s […]

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Ick! Here’s How Much Blowing Out Birthday Candles Ups Cake Bacteria

A birthday cake is no different from an everyday cake if it doesn’t involve some candle-blowing and wish-making fun. But have you ever thought about how birthday […]

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The Checkup: The Secret to Getting Up the First Time Your Alarm Goes Off

AnaBGD/iStock.com • If you’re one of those people who hits snooze at least twice before actually getting out of bed (who isn’t?), researchers might’ve found the […]

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The Checkup: How You Should Be Washing Your Hands (You’re Definitely Doing It Wrong) 

• If you’ve been slapping some soap on your hands, rubbing them together for a few seconds, rinsing, and calling that a good wash, we’ve […]

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The Checkup: The Piece of Gym Equipment That’s Way Germier Than a Toilet Seat

• You are about to do so much cringing. A new study examined bacteria samples from gym equipment at large fitness chains around the country […]

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The Checkup: This Is the Germiest Thing in Your House (Prepare to Cringe)

• Well, this is upsetting: The germiest thing in your house, according to this microbiology expert, is your kitchen sponge. Ick! Apparently, we should all […]

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The Checkup: This Is the Best, Least-Busy Day to Go Grocery Shopping

• If you consider your weekly grocery-shopping trips to be a special form of torture, here’s a little something to lessen the pain: Research shows […]

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The Checkup: The Dirtiest Things You Touch on an Airplane (Hint: The Bathroom Handle Is the Least of Your Worries)

• A microbiologist set out to find the dirtiest things in airports and airplanes and, man, if you’ve been fearful of the bathroom door handle […]

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Why Are You Walking Barefoot Around Center City?

It was 11 a.m. on a Friday at 15th and Locust when I saw it: a man, in nice khakis and a polo, holding his […]

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The Checkup: 10 Things You’re Fooling Yourself About When It Comes to Germs

• Thanks, Mental Floss, for setting us straight on germs.

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Parking Kiosks, ATMs, Restaurant Menus: These Are Philly’s Germiest Things

Action News health reporter Ali Gorman had a winner of an assignment this week. She was tasked with going out and swabbing surfaces around town […]

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This Is The Germiest Place in Your Office

I hope you washed your hands today if you got coffee from the office break room. A new study found that office kitchens and break […]

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The War on Household Germs Goes Nuclear

Last weekend I was at the Shore with my relations, as I am every August at this time of year. We’d just finished supper, and […]