Researchers at the University of Virginia were testing items found in the home for germs, and bacteria, You may be surprised to learn your salt, and pepper shakers may be making you sick. They went into homes where a member of the family was exhibiting signs of a cold or the symptoms of a cold. The salt, and pepper shakers were tested for cold virus. They found 100% tested positive for cold virus. The simple fix is to wipe off the salt, and pepper shakers when you wipe off the table after meals. Ideally you should wash your hands before, and after meals. Most cold, and flu virus are passed from your hand into your body by then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Your mother was right when she instructed you to wash your hands before sitting down at the table for a meal.