Unexpected Everyday Items That Are Bacteria-Laden

If you think that your bathroom’s toilet seat is the dirtiest thing ever, think again! Surprisingly, our everyday items are dirtier than we ever imagined.

Here are some everyday items that are breeding grounds of bacteria and other germs. We also listed ways to prevent dirt from spreading.

  1. Handbag
    Research shows that our handbag is three times dirtier than an office toilet seat. If these precious bags contain dirt, would you know which part is the dirtiest?  Sad to say, but the handle’s bag is the dirtiest not the bottom part of the bag.
    Prevent dirt by using bag hook whenever you go. Disinfect your bag regularly. If you are in a public restroom, keep your bag off the sink counters or place tissue or paper towel before you put your bag down.
  1. Handheld gadgets (smartphone, tablet , cell phone, etc)
    If you are too engrossed about your gadgets, this revelation will lead you to manage better your gadgets especially on how you should use them wisely. Tablets, television’s remote control, mobile phones are covered in 10 times more disease causing bacteria than toilet seats. If you think that these gadgets provide convenience and entertainment to our lives, ironically, they also bring damage to us.
    Prevent dirt by cleaning your gadgets daily. Always have your pack of wipes come in handy to remind you to wipe the remote control and other gadgets regularly.
  1. Toothbrush
    Even the most trusted toothbrush, your teeth’s cleaning tool is likewise, dirty as fecal matters are found in an average person’s toothbrush.
    Prevent dirt by storing your toothbrush in a closet cabinet in your bathroom or soaking it in a mouthwash that contains cetylpyridinium chloride for 20 minutes a day.
  1. Computer Keyboard
    Working on a computer has its cons, too as keyboard has almost 5 times more bacteria than that found on a toilet seat.
    Prevent dirt by cleaning and disinfecting your keyboards daily. Include mouse and mouse pad for disinfection. If you use keyboard at the internet shop, sanitize afterwards. Prevent eating at your workstation because the food particles that fall into the keyboard’s crevices are difficult to remove.
  1. Kitchen items
    Kitchen sinks are dirtier than most bathrooms with more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch are found in the drain alone. In addition, kitchen’s cutting board and sponge are germ carriers. Did you know that a cutting board has 200 times more fecal bacteria than a toilet seat? Meanwhile, kitchen sponge contains 10 million bacteria per square inch that is 200,000 times dirtier than your toilet.
    Prevent dirt by searching the internet for tips in cleaning your kitchen sink and cutting board. For the sponge, to keep it germ-free, wash it with soap and warm water and then put it in the microwave for about two minutes to kill the germs. Sponge should be wet before you hit start. Do not microwave metal sponges.
  1. Knobs and buttons
    House items such as doorknobs, faucet handles, light switches as well as office items like elevator buttons, ATM buttons and other electronic machines have found to be dirty, too. Bathroom faucet handle has 21 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Ninety seven percent of elevator buttons in most offices and residential buildings are also contaminated with disease-causing germs.
    Prevent the spread of dirt by applying hand sanitizer after touching knobs, buttons and light switches. When cleaning your house, include the switches and doorknobs for disinfection. These parts of the home are often ignored and neglected.
  1. Carpet
    Carpet has 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4000 times dirtier than your toilet seat.
    Prevent dirt by having your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned twice a year.
  1. Restaurant menus
    Most restaurant menus have 100 times more bacteria than a typical toilet seat. Restaurant owners should also include in their training disinfecting their menus to prevent spreading of germs.
    Prevent the spread of dirt by applying hand sanitizer after handling a menu or excusing yourself from the table to wash your hands before you eat.
  1. Car steering wheel
    You can also get those germs in your steering wheel especially if there are other persons who drive your car. In a study, the public toilet is home to 80 bacteria for every square inch and a half. However, the worse is the 700 bacteria breeding on your steering wheel, gear stick and back seat. Spreading of germs is higher when you eat inside your car and leave those litters inside.
    Prevent dirt by cleaning the inside parts of the car whenever you have it car washed. Keep wipes on handy and make it a habit to disinfect your steering wheel and other parts before driving.  If you have to eat inside the car, be sure to dispose your leftovers after eating.
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