8 Things You Never Knew Had More Germs Than Your Toilet Seat

HEALTH  |  January 25, 2017
  • 1. Your carpet
    1 / 8 1. Your carpet

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    It might feel like a comfy bed at times but your carpet has about 4,000 times more bacteria than your toilet seat. Make more effort to disinfect and vacuum your living room rug at least once a week.

    (Also Read: Must-Knows About Germs and Disinfectant Products)


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  • 2. Your handbag
    2 / 8 2. Your handbag

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    Unfortunately your most prized possession out of your wardrobe could be the dirtiest. According to research from Initial Washroom Hygiene, about 20% of the tested handbags had more germs than a toilet seat and posed a health risk of contamination. The dirtiest parts were the handles or the straps which has the most contact with your hands. Leather bags tend to be more probable for bacteria growth because of their spongy texture. So to be safe, try a good wipe down of your bag with warm water mixed with mild facial soap every week.


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  • 3. Your cutting board
    3 / 8 3. Your cutting board

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    Researchers from the University of Arizona found that the average cutting board contains 200 times more fecal bacteria than a toilet seat. This is because we use it frequently to cut raw meat and that’s where the bacteria originates from. It is a scary thought since this is where our food preparations happens. Most people don’t realise this and think that merely scrubbing it thoroughly would be sufficient but it is important to soak your cutting board with water mixed with bleach, and then rinsing it.



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  • 4. Your smartphone
    4 / 8 4. Your smartphone

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    These days, we are never caught without our smartphones. That itself, could already be a health risk. So before the next time you press your face against it, do know that our phones have four times the amount of bacteria (linked to severe stomach sickness) on a toilet seat. To ensure we still can function normally with our handy gadgets, swipe it regularly with an alcohol swab.


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  • 5. Your sponge
    5 / 8 5. Your sponge

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    Another dangerous health risk that arises in the kitchen – our kitchen sponge. Researchers from Arizona found that sponges harbor the most amount of E. coli bacteria and other fecal bacteria, which means having direct contact with our plates and utensils on a daily basis. So don’t wait for it to look old and crumbly before you replace your kitchen sponge. You can also clean it by heating a damp sponge in the microwave for 30 seconds.


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  • 6. Your keyboard
    6 / 8 6. Your keyboard

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    The sneaky hard-to-clean corners might be one of the reasons why an average keyboard harbours about five times the amount of germs of a toilet seat. Think about it before you type carelessly while between bites of your lunch.



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  • 7. Your money
    7 / 8 7. Your money

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    The dollar bills and coins sitting around in your wallet have probably well, travelled through the hands of hundreds and thousands of people. According to research done by New York University, they carry about 3,000 types of bacteria and spread pretty rapidly on an everyday basis.


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  • 8. Your desk
    8 / 8 8. Your desk

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    According to microbiologist, Dr. Charles Gerba, our office or home desk has 100 times more bacteria than our toilet seat. We’re usually too lazy to clean our desk because it is cluttered or seemingly looks clean enough but the real problem is when we start to fall sick because of it. Disinfect your desk at least once a week and that will definitely set your mind at ease.

    (Also Read: 5 Things At Your Office Desk You Must Keep Clean)


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