10/19/2012 08:20 am ET Updated Oct 19, 2012

How Dirty Are Your Placemats? (VIDEO)

Placemats are a great way to protect your table and also add some color to your kitchen. But have you ever stopped to think about what is lingering on them? Since your whole family and countless dinner guests have sat at them and dropped food on them, the mats have been exposed to all sorts of germs, right?

Well, according to Dr. Lisa Masterson, who swabbed a pair of these table accessories on the show "The Doctors" there were traces of germs like E.Coli, found on them. Luckily, Dr. Masterson wasn’t so concerned but did recommend washing them regularly as a preventative measure.

Watch the video above to see what else Dr. Masterson had to say.

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