Dirtiest Objects You Touch Everyday
Having excellent hygiene is extremely important when it comes to staying healthy. Good hygiene also helps keeps your living space stay aesthetically pleasing. But did you know that despite how clean you are, bacteria may still be living on those surfaces? That’s right, even neat freaks can’t get rid of all of them.
Here are some of the dirtiest thing sitting in your house that you touch every single day:
1. Sponges/Dish Cloths
The almighty sponge is one you likely use at least a few times a week, whether you’re cleaning a single cup or a sink full of dishes. According to research, there are roughly 10 million bacteria per square inch.
In one study, 14 percent of dishcloths tested positive for Salmonella and a skin-crawling 25.6 percent of cloths tested positive for the bacteria known as E. coli. Food safety specialist Dr. Jeannie Sneed stated: “Towels were the most contaminated of all the contact surfaces we tested.”
Think about that the next time you’re sloughing dry food off of your dinner plates and into the sink.
2. Sinks, Faucets, and Handles
Depending on the time of day, you might be in the kitchen washing your hands or in the bathroom brushing your teeth. With all the cleaning that goes on near your sinks, one would think the surfaces would have the least amount of bacteria.
45 percent of kitchen sinks in a study ran by NSF International founding something called coliform bacteria, a form always present in the digestive tracts of animals and humans. The crazy part of the whole study? Only 9 percent of bathroom sinks showed the presence of the same bacteria.
Even our shower heads sometimes Mycobacterium avium, a pathogen that has been linked to pulmonary issues.
3. Toothbrushes and Toothbrush Holders
People with regular dental hygiene use their toothbrush at least two times a day. So it should come as no surprise that our toothbrush and holder would be crawling with some sort of bacteria.
The problem is that after we brush, most of us absent-mindedly put a wet toothbrush back where it always sits. A wet toothbrush is a breeding ground for Serratia marcescens, a bacterium known to cause meningitis.
Think about the fact that it also sits in the same room as a toilet. It is not common knowledge, but a toilet flush can spray water in 5- to 6-foot radius around itself. If you plan on getting up and flushing, you may want to shut that lid before you do.
4. Refrigerator Handles
We stuff raw ingredients and left-overs into our fridges all the time. Even when you’re going for food that doesn’t need to be cooked, the handles on the outside are home to tons of infectious microscopic organisms. You might even find yeast and mold growing between the small cracks in your handle.
Thinking about the things living on refrigerator handles may make a person think twice about over snacking.
5. Cutting Boards
Anyone worth their salt when it comes to cooking will have anywhere from 1 to 4 of them. Even the most seasoned professional can’t escape the infectious micro bugs that end up on a cutting board after preparing a meal.
Depending on what you are cooking with, E. coli or Salmonella can exist in concentrations of 50 to 200 percent. So the next time you contract some sort of stomach illness, it might be coming from that fancy new cutting board of yours.
6. Remote Controls
Remote controls made it much easier for humanity to enjoy television without having to manually change channels. Whether your family is large or small, there are hands of them for extended periods of time.
The same study by NSF International that tested sponges and cloths came to the conclusion that 14 percent of remotes tested showed the presence of Staphylococcus aureus. Hotel room remotes tested had 67.6 percent bacteria per cubic centimeter. Even hospitals are allowed a minute percentage.
With our phones now as portable as clothing itself, we take them absolutely everywhere. Do you ever consider how long it’s been since you’ve seen the bottom of your purse? Have you bothered to clean out your gym bag? A lot of people would probably answer they’ve never even thought about doing it.
Staphylococcus aureus, the same bugger found on remotes, can be found right on your phone. In addition to causing meningitis, it can cause skin infections, pneumonia, and other ailments.
It’s hard to believe, but your toilet is far cleaner than your phone and its case.