Household items that hold the most germs

Let’s be real, germs are everywhere, and you can’t escape them. The world is filled with millions of bacteria, but there are some items in your home that are covered in germs, more than others.

Typically, your mind might go straight to the toilet seat. However, germ researchers say toilet seats are usually the cleanest objects in the bathroom, because we tend to clean it more often.

According to the experts at House Call Doctor, these are some of the dirtiest things in your home:

  • Mobile phone: These handheld devices are used several times a day so it’s natural that mobile phones would get a bit of bacteria on them. But alarmingly, mobile phones have tens of thousands of germs transferred from your face and hands. They can also grow staph bacteria, which can lead to skin infections and even meningitis.
  • Computer keyboard: Keyboards, especially public keyboards, are breeding grounds for bacteria. If you’re using a keyboard at a local library or a communal one at work, it might have germs such as E. coli and staph on its keys.
  • Money: Even though people are tending to use their cards instead of cash, money still has a lot of bacteria on its surface. The smaller the domination, the dirtier the note will be, as it’s more frequently handed from person to person.
  • Light switch: Light switches are one of those rare objects in the house that never gets cleaned, even though it’s touched by numerous hands. So, bacteria end up on these switches and stay there until another hand adds to the germ collection.
  • Kitchen sponges: The sponge that you use to wash your dishes is most likely the dirtiest object you have in your home. This item is filled with probably millions of bacteria and studies have found that nearly 75 per cent of sponges or rags contain the dangerous bacteria Coliform.
  • Bathroom handtowel: Experts say that germs like to grow in areas like towels, which are wet and moist. Handtowels especially are designed to absorb water and therefore all the germs that come off your hands, since most people don’t wash their hands properly.


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