5 Hotspots for Summer Germs (and How to Keep Them at Bay)

Summer has officially begun, giving many children (and adults) reason to celebrate, like more freedom for fun in the sun and travel. With school being out, you may find relief thinking fewer germs and illness will be spread around and affect your family. While that may be true in some respects, there are many summer hot spots for germ exposure—and a simple solution to keep them from ruining your fun. 

5 places you may encounter hidden germs this summer

Aside from everyday hotspots for germs—like door handles, cutting boards, sinks, counters and toilets in your home and public places—there a few more that you (and countless others) may encounter during the summer.

 5. Your grill

In addition to the lid handle and side table that may come in contact with bacteria from raw meat, your grill grates may also come in contact with germs from small animals if it’s left outside (or bird dropping when left open). Three good reasons to inspect and disinfect regularly—for what’s seen and unseen.

4. Airplanes

The armrests, overhead bin latches, seatback trays, seatbelt buckles, adjustable air vents and bathrooms in your airplane can be touched by countless passengers in between deep cleanings. And you may find yourself touching them before digging into your pretzels or peanuts.While sanitizing your hands can be helpful, actually disinfecting surfaces when it makes sense can be even better. 

3. Playgrounds and bounce houses

They’re great for hours of fun—and collecting a scary list of germs that can make your kids (and you) seriously ill. Washing hands immediately after the fun will go a long way. But it’s not always possible before spreading those germs to other surfaces, like your car or home. So it’s a good idea to disinfect them, and your clothes and shoes, regularly.

2. Handheld devices

Think tablets, phones, remote controls. You’re grabbing for them frequently, especially when you have more time to kill. But do you only touch them immediately after washing your hands? Probably not. So it’s a good idea to disinfect them regularly.

1. Public tables: poolside, changing and restaurant

Even when properly chlorinated, pools can be lurking with harmful contagions. So in addition to showering or rinsing when you get out, you may also want to disinfect areas like the poolside table where you set drinks, food, your phone and other items. The same goes for public changing tables frequented by dirty bottoms and restaurant tabletops. Sure the table has been cleansed to a degree, but let’s talk condiments and shakers. Any parent of young kids knows they’re like a magnet to little hands and mouths—and germs in general.

Good germs, bad germs and why you should disinfect (not just clean or sanitize)

You certainly don’t have to stress out about every germ. After all, some bacteria aren’t harmful and are actually good. However, other germs have the potential to cause significant harm, even if you’ve been lucky enough to escape them in the past, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcusaureus (MRSA), influenza and other infectious diseases.

 Cleaning a surface is not guaranteed to kill the germs. Sanitizers can help. But disinfectants are even more effective—when you choose the right one.

A strong yet gentle disinfectant solution: Vital Oxide

One disinfectant that stands out from its competitors is Vital Oxide. It’s trusted by hospitals and parents alike.

 Everyone loves its strength and versatility. Vital Oxide is an EPA registered hospital-grade disinfectant that’s strong enough to kill mold and many dangerous blood-borne pathogens, bacteria and viruses, including MRSA, Pseudomonas and E coli, just to name a few.Plus, Vital Oxide can be diluted for some applications, which can stretch your product—and dollars—further.

Parents especially love that it’s gentle. You can apply it to surfaces without needing to rinse.It’s non-irritating to skin and non-corrosive to most treated articles.It’s virtually scent-free, which is a huge bonus if you’re sensitive to fragrance or don’t want it to compete with a fragrant cleanser. You definitely can’t say all of that about bleach.

Travelers love its portability. In addition to larger sizes, Vital Oxide is available in a 3 oz bottle so you can take it with you wherever you go.

Amazon shoppers love extra perks. Several Vital Oxide products on Amazon come with free two-day shipping for Prime members as well as Subscribe and Save discounts.

 Wherever your summer takes you, invite Vital Oxide to join you so you can keep things safe and fun.

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