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The germs lurking on common household objects

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-25 21:33:41-05

Germs hitch a ride on you and your kids and live on almost every item in your home. For days they are silent and unseen, until...

"I got [stomach flu], and I was down for three days. And then it slowly hit two of my other daughters," said Melissa Macavage. "That was the whole second week of Christmas break was spent nursing someone back to health."

Melissa is a self-professed "neat freak." And after the stomach flu took out the family last winter, she took it to the next level.

So ABC 7 in Detroit wanted to find out what was lurking on everyday items in Melissa's home. The lab at Henry Ford Hospital provided the station with swabs to collect samples.

To find out which common household item had the most bacteria, watch the video in the player above.