10 Shocking Things Dirtier Than Your Toilet
There are many germaphobes and clean-aholics out there. They get grossed out easily from the smallest things. Just when you think that everything is spotless, you are proven wrong. Wait until you read our list of the 10 Shocking Things Dirtier Than Your Toilet.
10. Office Coffee Mugs – In the typical office, mugs are cleaned with sponges that are packed with bacteria. The bacteria then spreads onto the mugs. Experts say that the bacteria can last on mugs up to 3 days.
9. Playgrounds – Yes, playgrounds are filled with young children that are filled with germs. Studies on playgrounds have found traces of blood, urine, feces, saliva, sweat and bacteria.
7. Computer Keyboards – Usually people will eat while working at their desks. Well, think twice before your next quick snack in front of the computer. Researchers have discovered that keyboards have five times more germs than the average toilet. Keep in mind that people usually drink coffee while working at their computers. Chances are that the coffee mug was cleaned with also washed with a sponge that is packed with bacteria. So keyboards are extra germ-infested.
6. Ice– A fast food restaurant study discovered that over 70% of the ice served in fast food restaurants contained more bacteria than toilet water. This one is tough to swallow (no-pun intended). The ice-filled bacteria is usually caused by the container used to store the ice.
5. Cutting Boards– Raw meat carries astronomical levels of fecal bacteria and germs. Researchers have proven that cutting boards have 200 times more bacteria than the average toilet. Whatever you do, don’t use your kitchen sponge to wash your cutting boards. Cutting boards have many pores and the bacteria from the sponges can easily get into those pores on the cutting board.
4. Cell Phones– A recent study has shown that 75% of Americans use their phone wile sitting on the toilet. Well guess what? As a result, researchers have found traces of fecal matter on most phones. Not to mention the fact that people have their phones touching their faces while talking. Oils and germs from the screen then get onto the phone screens.
3. Shopping Carts– This one does not come as much of a surprise. The shopping cart handles are known to contain traces of fecal matter and other forms of bacteria. If the pandemic taught us one lesson, wipe the shopping cart handles down before you start your shopping.
2. Carpets– As much as you vacuum your carpets there are always things falling on them and getting trapped in the fibers. The most common things found in carpets are dead skin cells, food crumbs, pollen and pet dander. A research study found that carpets are 4,000 times dirtier than the average toilet seat. Think about this the next time you are laying on a carpet. Make sure to steam clean and disinfect your carpets at least twice per year.
1. Toothbrushes– You brush your teeth several times a day, hang your toothbrush next to the sink to dry while the toilet gets flushed many times throughout the day. Studies have shown that whenever a toilet is flushed germs can travel up to six feet and linger in the room for up to 2 hours. So your toothbrush is getting bathed with germs. Make sure you cover your toothbrushes or better yet put them away when not in use.
MONEY! Yes- money is by far the dirtiest item out there. It constantly passes many hands. Researchers have found that money has traces of human feces as well as many other forms of bacteria! Money is definitely dirtier than your toilet. Listen to your Mother- and wash your hands frequently!