Think your toilet is the dirtiest, most gem infested part of your home? Think again, there are many items that you come into contact with every day that you might think are clean, but in fact, are not. Sure, your toilet may have its fair share of germs and bacteria, but the following 10 items have even more.
Our desks don’t seem like a place where harmful germs and bacteria would hide, but the average desk is 100 times dirtier than the average toilet seat. You might want to clean your desk more often.
Everything that we touch throughout the day is contaminated with germs and bacteria. Then we touch our smartphones transferring those germs. When we make a phone call, we then place those germs and bacteria against our face and near our mouths.
If you live or work in a building that has elevators, think about this. The average elevator button has almost 40 times more bacteria than a toilet. You might want to wear gloves the next time you use the lift.
Some people only rinse their cutting boards after each use, while others scrub it thoroughly. For those of you that rinse yours, Dr. Charles Gerba (AKA Dr. Germ) states that there is 200 times more fecal matter on the average cutting board than toilet seat.
The typical child’s car seat has twice the germs as your toilet and it should be cleaned often to ensure your child is healthy and happy. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your car seat properly.
Your carpet is warm and soft and gives your home an inviting look. Did you know that your carpet has 4,000 times more bacteria content than your toilet seat? Be sure to vacuum regularly and have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once per year.
Research has shown that nearly 20% of purses had up to 10 times the contaminants as your toilet seat with the dirtiest part being the handle.
Money is often the dirtiest object we come into contact with daily. Every note carries about 3,000 types of bacteria on its surface and, since there is no way to clean our money, you might want to consider digital forms of payment.
Your computer keyboard can hold a variety of bacteria including E. coli and staph. Be sure to turn your keyboard over to clean any crumbs and debris from the keys and wipe it down with a good disinfectant regularly.
Fast food ice
According to research, six out of ten fast food restaurants tested, had ice with higher levels of bacteria than water from a toilet. You might want to ask for no ice the next time you are out to lunch.
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