8 Things We Do to Avoid Germs That Are Basically Useless

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3. Using your shirt sleeve to open a bathroom door

Creating a “wall” between a really germy door handle and your hands is a great idea, but your own shirt sleeve isn’t ideal, says Jessica Pettit with statefoodsafety.com.

“Using your own clothing, such as a shirt sleeve, to open doors doesn’t actually help you avoid germs, because any bacteria that are on the door handle will just move to your clothing,” she says. “It can hold on to pathogens easily, and the moment your hands brush against the clothing, they will become contaminated.”

The best thing to do is to use something disposable, like a paper towel, she adds.

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