How to Avoid Germs on Your Winter Gloves

ABC News' Becky Worley looks at germs and bacteria on gloves and how to avoid spreading them.
2:22 | 02/26/15

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"Gma investigates" and this morning the germs on our glove, it turns out winter clothes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, especially on our gloves and ABC's Becky Worley has the details. Reporter: They hold railings, open doors, push strollers and sometimes they do that. So what germs are on our gloves? We took to the snowy environs to swab gloves. I'm serious. We tested for bacteria and viruses. How often do you wash your glove ideas. Never. I mean I just never think about it. Scary. Reporter: We even swabbed some of our fellow ABC news employees. I have a cold. I'm kind of scared to see what will happen. Reporter: You're holding your own gloves. I know. Reporter: The results, 26 of the 27 samples we tested were positive for bacteria while most are harmless, nine of those tested positive for bacteria like staph and mrs which could be harmful if they came in contact with an open wound and one with the coronavirus. That makes me want to wash those gloves or throw them away. Had staph. That's scary. I think I'll be more conscious about my gloves, where I put them. Every time your glove comes in contact you're taking away some of the bacteria that was on that surface. Reporter: But here's the good news. Doctor Whittier says an gloves bacteria and viruses may not last very long. In some cases maybe just hours or minutes. It's not going to be alive on the glove for very long because it has nothing to help it survive. Reporter: Experts say don't keep your gloves balled up in your pockets. Let them air dry, wash them often and Dr. Whittier says you can use a disinfectant wipe for certain fabrics but -- The number one rule be conscious not to touch your face. Ew! I'm not doing that ever again. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Becky Worley, ABC news, New York. She went there. We've all done it. We've all done it. Absolutely have done that. Becky Worley, we love you. On that note, cheer, everybody. Coming up, Madonna falling

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