Everyday objects that are full of germs
Wash you hands after going to the bathroom and you’re pretty much safe from germs, right? Wrong, toilet seats are a whole lot cleaner from plenty of other things that you come into contact with every day. Toilet seats don’t even make it into the germ top 10 in an average house! These seemingly safe places are in fact full of salmonella, E. coli, staph germs, yeast and mold. Gross. Click below to read some of the places where you’re most likely to be contaminated:
This one maybe isn’t too surprising considering they are often used for raw meat and other raw substances. But apparently almost 15 percent of boards contain mold and years and almost 20 percent harbour coliform bacteria. You can cut the risk from these by putting them in the dishwasher or hand washing with hot water after each use.
Knobs on your oven or stove
When you’re cleaning your oven or stove it’s easy to miss these little bits but realistically they are the part that you probably touch the most during cooking. Up to 14% of knobs have coliform bacteria and mold and yeast is living on over 20%. The good thing is you can remove most knobs and give them a really thorough clean.
Your mobile phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. A phone you hold in your hand, put to your ear, use for Facebook, or for while playing slot games and WhatsApp all day long. Each square inch of has roughly 25,000 germs on it which is pretty gross. Grab yourself some cleaning wipes and sort that bad boy out.
The very thing that you are using to clean things with is ironically the germiest thing in your house! A study found that 77% of these cleaning implements in fact harbor coliform bacteria and even more had yeast or mold and scariest of all 18% contain potentially deadly staph bacteria. Top tip – you can microwave a wet sponge for 2 minutes to kill the bacteria and then replace it every two weeks to keep yourself safe.
You’d hope that something you were putting directly into your mouth would be low on bacteria… so how about 27% coliform and 14% staph on your toothbrush holder? Bleurgh. There’s a very high chance this is going onto the toothbrush you’re putting in your mouth too! The main reason is that they are often found near the toilet flush and are rarely cleaned – I mean who remembers to clean the holder? You can actually just chuck it into the dishwasher though and then job done, or just give it a good scrub with hot soap filled water.
The very place you’re going to for cleaning other items is in fact one of the dirtiest places. Lurking in 45% of sinks you’ll find coliform bacteria and in 27% you’ll find molds. How many times have you rinsed something in there and then used it straight away to eat? Mmmm coliform sandwich anyone? The best idea is to clean the sides and the bottom at least two times a week and put a teaspoon of bleach down the drain once a month.