In this modern era, with the development of health and medical science, people have become hygiene conscious. This has also increased the use of hand sanitizers these days. Yet we don’t realize that in spite of being so hygiene conscious, we touch so many bacteria haven things daily. There are many things that seem clean but are very dirty. It’s useful to know about the objects that harbor so many bacteria especially during the flu season. Thanks to the lord that our human body is such that it adapts to dirty environments and its immunity doesn’t let bacteria take over our body. Listed below are the ten most common dirtiest objects that we touch almost every day. Some of the might just surprise you while few others are quite obvious.
10. Toilet Seat
The white shining surface of your pot has all sorts of viruses and germs that you can possibly imagine. For every square inch of the toilet seat, there are around 295 bacteria. Considering the 3.2 million bacteria on toilet bowl, it is still better but you just can’t put your head or hands on it to rest. The best part is we can easily escape the harmful effects of these bacteria by washing our hands with soap before touching our face or mouth which most of us do. For a disease to occur, the virus needs a space to enter our body. So if you don’t get that yuck feeling and your bum is flawless, go ahead and get a seat.
You touch the remote while cooking, spoon in one hand and remote in the other while eating, your kid grabs the remote as soon as he is back from the playground, your husband has all the attention on remote than you once he is home showing that remote is such a vital part of everyone’s life. Remote is a hub for all the bacteria’s and germs. Be it a remote control of a hotel room used by tons of guests who have stayed there or remote of your house, every remote contains hell lot of bacteria. To reduce the risk, try cleaning it regularly and wiping it with germicidal wipes.
The most unlikable place most of us visit atleast once in aweek is a nice, smelly, untidy public restroom. Every time you go washroom you make sure that before leaving you pump that liquid soap on your hands and wash away all the bacteria from your hands. But the whole idea of killing germs actually doesn’t work in this case. A study performed by Jonathon Sexton shows that one fourth of soap dispenser pumps out enormous amount of bacteria with each glob. And as these soaps are refillable, contamination happens while refilling also. So, it’s sort of a situation where you’ll be damned if you do and not doing is also not an option.
Germs need warm and misty place to grow and wet laundry is the perfect place for them. Wet laundry if left unattended in a machine for more than half an hour breeds a lot of germs. Each dirty underwear contains about a gram of germs and it can spread them to the entire load and machine. So, make sure that from next time you transfer clean clothes to the dryer right away after they are done washing so that they don’t multiply. Wash away underwears separately and wash your hands after washing the clothes.
Who doesn’t love money? But nobody loves the germs and dirty bacteria that come along with it. From Bill Gates to a beggar on the street, there is a huge amount of germs on every note in your wallet. A study shows that on an average, one note consists of 130,000 bacteria. It is literally impossible to wash your hands every time you give or take money but you can always avoid touching it with dirty hands. Also, the wallet you use to stuff all your materials has a lot of bacteria because of the fact that it’s put in a pocket close to your body incubating many germs and making it dirty.
5. ATM buttons
If you are not careful, you might take back few more things than just cash from your local ATM. The buttons you use in the ATM to withdraw cash have more germs than you can possibly imagine. Touched by n number of people every day with all sort of dirty hands, ATM is home for many bacteria. It is a perfect combination for germs to breed as ATM’s are not regularly cleaned and are frequently touched. To reduce the risk of such germs, you can always rub a sanitizer after visiting to an ATM.
4. Door Knobs
There are many people who do not wash their hands before coming out of the washroom. All the bacteria’s present on their hands just get put right on the door knob they touch. There are door knobs designed with anti-bacterial properties but even they take few hours to kill all the bacteria. It was found that lever handles has the highest number of germs followed by pull handles and push plates. The difference is mainly because the first two require more hand contact to open the door than push buttons. One solution to this can be to install automatic doors. However, the best solution is to wash your hands properly before touching that door knob. 48 percent of microwave door handles have high levels of contamination. Other than that, door handles of fridge, water fountain buttons and vending machine buttons also carry a lot of germs and bacteria.
3. Shopping Cart
A study conducted by the University of Arizona revealed that shopping carts are loaded with probably more bacteria, fecal substances and saliva than public telephones, bathrooms and escalators. Because of sweat and constant touch by all sorts of people, the handles of shopping carts has more germs and bacteria than you can possibly imagine. Think of all such possible thing filled with bacteria that a person can touch – well, once they reach the local supermarket, those things can be found on the handle of almost all shopping carts. There are few supermarkets which offer wipes to maintain hygiene but if your supermarket doesn’t then make sure you wash your hands after coming back from shopping.
Yes, most of us have fought with our siblings to be the last person to switch off the lights. But that’s still better! Switching lights in public is one of the nastiest things that you can do. All the tiny little germs love swirling all over on the plastic switch that’s touched by millions of dirty hands over the years. On an average, a light switch has about 217 bacteria per square inch. Many germs also live on switches and remotes, which come in contact with hands, mouths and noses. But, as Charles Gerba, a University of Arizona microbiologist pointed out, these germs are unlikely to make us sick because most of the germs present are our own.
1. Mobile Phones
Remember Maxwell Smart, the secret agent using his shoe as a phone. Believe it or not, his shoe phone could have contained fewer germs than your cell phone. People were asked in New York City to choose the dirtiest amongst the three- the sole of your shoe, a cell phone or a toilet seat. The answer by them was exactly the same what you are thinking right now, the toilet seat. But they were wrong- your mobile phone is filthier. The main reason behind your cell phone being a hub for germs is that germs increase in warm places. They multiply between the germs on your hands and the heat generated by the cell phone. Whether you put it in your hand or inside your pocket, everywhere it’s nice and warm for germs to grow.