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The Dirt on Your Dorm Room92,831 Views
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Description: Your college dorm room is likely home to plenty of dirty roommates--including some you don't even know about. In this video, we'll dig into the dirt and bacteria in your dorm, and discuss the health risks of forgoing basic hygiene.
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If you're like most college students, you have a roomate-but we bet you didn't know that you actually share your room with countless others. It's true: That dorm room you call home is also home to bacteria, viruses, mold, dust, mites, and more. Take, for example, your shared sink and shower area, both of which have more than 100,000 forms of bacteria living in them-and that's in the bathrooms that are cleaned weekly, Health magazine attests! Meanwhile, the same magazine found that water fountains in the hallway are home to 2.7 million forms of bacteria on the spigot alone. Unfortunately, your room isn't much better, as both your mattress and carpet host dust mites and possibly even bed bugs, both of which can cause rashes. And if you live in an older dorm, your heating system has probably been spreading the same dust and mold throughout your building for years. Now that we've given you the bad news, here's the good: You can avoid most of these germs with some simple know-how. For starters, wash your hands before every meal, and do so habitually. Why? For one thing, the University of Wisconsin found that one-third of college-aged men, and one-fifth of college-aged women don't, which is pretty appalling when you consider that 80% of all infections are spread via hand contact! In the bathroom, always wear flip-flops and never set your toothbrush on the sink when you're not using it. You can eliminate 99.9 percent of dust mites by dedicating yourself to vacuuming your carpet and stripped-down bed every other week. These are simple steps, but they'll save you a lot of time that might otherwise have been spent at the health center during your college career!