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Life Lessons: What's making you sick?

Published On: Feb 12 2014 05:00:00 AM EST

Researchers say the reasons could be simple.

Winter is a time when many of us get sick. Researchers say the reasons could be simple. They say three things could be making you sick!

Keeping your toothbrush by the sink exposes it to any of the 3.2 million microbes per square inch in your toilet. And when you flush, these can be shot six feet into the air!

The bottom of your purse sits in a lot of different places during the day, so be careful where you put it. The average purse bottom can have up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch.


Putting warm leftovers right into the fridge can put you at risk for food poisoning. Uneven cooling can foster bacteria growth.

Also, walking through the house with your shoes on can track in allergens.

One study even found lawn chemicals were tracked into the house for an entire week after being sprayed.

So avoid keeping your shoes in a closet, and instead keep them by the door.