Germophobe? You're Probably Making These 5 Mistakes

The term "germophobe" is bandied about with some fanfare nowadays. We've all encountered the friend or loved one bent on meticulously wiping down everything the light touches, from airline trays to desktop keyboards. While we're far from decrying anyone's desire to keep things spotlessly neat and gloriously germ-free, there exist a few tropes and tendencies germophobes have embraced that, simply put, have far more effective counterparts. If you're using hand sanitizer in the hopes of attaining immune system nirvana, we've got some bad news: You're going about things all wrong.

When it comes to warding off germs and dangerous bacteria, disinfecting your personal space is just the tip of the iceberg. The truly best offense is a strong defense. Staying germ-free is all about building up the body's internal ability to effectively neutralize whatever threat arises on the fly. This means a proper routine and all the right tools. Enter our list of five mistakes every germophobe makes. We're going to break it down for you and coach you into cleaner pastures. The germs won't know what hit 'em.

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