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Are your kitchen towels trying to kill you?

Everything you, smell, touch, or taste is DEADLY!

Think I’m exaggerating? Just take a look at the latest research, which finds that your kitchen towels are trying to kill you.

Sure, they might look all innocent dangling off the stove handle or causally tossed on the counter. Maybe the towels even have a whimsical design, seasonal pattern, or funny slogan — no doubt to lull you into a false sense of security.

Truth is, they’re positively crawling with nasty little germs, as close to half of the kitchen towels taken from some 100 homes had some kind of filth on them — including poop bugs.

Taken out and tested, more than a third had coliforms – a.k.a. fecal bugs – while more than a third also had Enterococcus, a germ that could also be from the butt.

To cap it off, researchers also found many had the same E. coli germs responsible for so many illnesses, including food poisoning outbreaks.

Another 15 percent had Staphylococcus aureus, a germ known for making its home inside boogers. It’s also found in the respiratory tract and on the skin (especially, I imagine, on fingers prone to picking).

And people are drying their dishes and drinking glasses with these towels?


Generally speaking, towels from homes with bigger families had more germs. Families with kids had more still (no surprise — children are essentially giant walking germ magnets).

Cleaner towels, on the other hand, tend to be the ones limited to a single purpose – a towel just for drying dishes, for example – while towels that did double, triple, and quadruple duty around the kitchen often had more growths.

It’s easy to go overboard with this stuff. WAY overboard, especially if you try to wipe out every possible germ.

There’s some truth to the hygiene hypothesis: The more you work to eliminate germs, including the common germs you’re exposed to daily, the harder your immune system will have to work when it eventually does encounter them.

You could end up MORE likely to get sick because you’re literally TOO CLEAN!

I’m not saying that you should go out of your way to expose yourself to germs. But if these germs have been in your kitchen all along and haven’t killed you yet, there’s at least some chance that they’re not going to hurt you.

But you might want to wash that kitchen towel more often anyway.

Just in case.

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