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Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that the bathroom is the germiest place in the house. While the bathroom does have its hot spots—more on those later—it's the kitchen that we really have to worry about, according to a study by NSF International, a global public health and safety organization. The NSF swabbed 30 common items in people's homes and came up with a list of hot spots. "Warm, moist places are breeding grounds for germs," says Rob Donofrio, Ph.D., Director of NSF International’s Applied Research Center.
So what are the top 10 spots? And how do you combat them? Read on for the answers.
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The Perfect Facility
Dr. Doormat, the first antimicrobial treated doormat for the home, is produced with eco-friendly materials at a manufacturing facility north of Atlanta, Georgia.
Pick A Color!
Dr. Doormat is available in four colors - Peacock Blue, Autumn Red, Chocolate Brown and Charcoal Gray.
The Right Fit
Debbie struggled to find the right manufacturer for Dr. Doormat. As a mom, she couldn't travel the world to find a factory, so she had to rely on samples that came through the mail. Here, she is pictured with her two children on early models of Dr. Doormat in 2005.
Hard Work Pays Off
After nine years of hard work, Debbie can finally celebrate - Dr. Doormat is available in over 200 Bed, Bath and Beyond stores in the USA and Canada, and can also be purchased online. Here, she shows off her successful product.
Meeting Mr. Right
Debbie met the man of her dreams and married at age 40.
Haley Comes Home
Debbie and her husband are ecstatic to bring home their adopted daughter Haley in January 2002.
Debbie grew up on a 40-acre farm in upstate New York surrounded by ragweed, trees, grass, pollen and dust - all of which she became allergic to. Here, she is pictured on the farm with her brother, sister and best friend, Elyse.
Bringing in the Experts
Many of Debbie's friends thought it was extreme when she hired an environmental engineer to help protect her young daughter from germs in the home.
Kids Get Into Everything!
Debbie child-proofed her entire home, but never thought about the kids getting into the plants! Here, Haley smiles with a mouth full of dirt.
When Debbie learned that doormats were breeding grounds for toxins, she decided to find a better way to protect her family. Here, her son Marshall helps with the housekeeping.
A Background in Hospitality
Debbie's experience in the hotel industry helped her get started on the long road to developing Dr. Doormat. Here, she is pictured at her first hotel job after college, as Sales Manager for the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington DC.
A Knack for Cleanliness
Even as a young girl, it was clear that Debbie had a talent for keeping things tidy. Here, Debbie is pictured as a counselor at her parent's camp, where she and her best friend Elyse were known to have the cleanest bunk.
Hard At Work
Here, the Greenspans pose for a family portrait on Debbie's 42nd birthday. During this time, she was knee-deep in research for Dr. Doormat.
Support from Friends
Here, Debbie celebrates her 50th birthday in 2011 with two close friends and her sister, who have been major sources of support during her Dr. Doormat venture. Soon after this photo was taken, Debbie launched Dr. Doormat.
All Grown Up
Growing up with Dr. Doormat, Debbie's kids have learned to wipe their feet before entering the house.