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Does Drinking Straight From the Milk Carton Pass Germs?

You Asked: Will My Hubby's Bad Habit Make Me Sick?

Dear Fit,
I caught my hubby drinking straight out of the milk container the other day and I was shocked. I asked, "Do you do that a lot?" And he confessed that he does it with the milk and the OJ. I told him that was a great way to pass germs and get me sick. He promised to never do it again, but I know he's just fibbing. Is this something I need to worry about?
—Grossed Out by Germs

I hate to admit it, but your question made me chuckle out loud because I too have caught my darling husband standing in front of the open refrigerator, guzzling down milk because he was too lazy to get a glass. While drinking from the same glass as someone is a surefire way to pass germs, are the rules different when it comes to the cold temps in the fridge? To find out, keep reading.

Most households keep their fridges between 35 and 38°F, and although your fridge is cold, it's not cold enough to kill germs. It will slow down the multiplication of bacteria, but won't kill germs that could make you sick. With that fact in mind, if your loving husband has a cold, flu, stomach bug, or other illness, and he sips straight from the milk container, the next time you pour yourself some milk, you'll be exposed his germs.

So if your husband won't stop his bad habit for your health's sake, try putting some glasses in the fridge next to the milk jug. Hopefully seeing the glass will remind him to use it.

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