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Have you ever seen a bartender grab a handful of ice cubes and drop them in your glass? Probably not, since handling food or drinks with bare hands is the fastest way to make customers sick. The same rule applies when you're filling drink orders for friends and family. You may think that your hands are clean, but they're bacterial breeding grounds that germophobes would be wise to avoid. Plus, you run the risk of contaminating not only the ice in the drink, but also the rest of the ice in the bucket. Try a scooper or tongs as a safer alternative or, better yet, invest in an ice maker with an automatic dispenser.
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