We all know that a toilet seat is germy, but studies show that many everyday items are much worse. These are items we touch several times throughout the day. This makes it crucial to wash our hands properly and clean regularly with an EPA-registered complete home disinfectant spray.
Here are a few surfaces that have more germs than the average toilet seat.
Studies show that there are nearly 200,000 bacteria per square inch of carpet—about 700 times more than the average toilet seat. The average individual sheds approximately one and a half MILLION bacteria every hour. Couple that with pet dander, pollens, food crumbs and anything else that lands on your carpet, and you have a prolific breeding ground for germs like staph, salmonella and E. Coli. Vacuum daily, spray the carpet often with antibacterial spray for sports equipment and schedule regular steam cleanings if you don’t have your own machine.
One of the most germ-ridden items in your house is the remote control. Even if you’re not touching it with germy hands, it collects dust, grime and food particles, especially from those who eat while channel surfing. These germs get stuck between the remote’s buttons and crevices, making them difficult to clean. Spray with an EPA-registered complete home disinfectant spray and wipe daily or even more often, depending on the size of your household. You can also use disposable remote sleeves as another barrier against germs.
Think how many people touch a gas pump throughout the day! They’re rarely cleaned or disinfected, making them serious germ super-spreaders. Immediately wash your hands after pumping gas whenever possible. You can also wear disposable gloves when pumping gas and/or use hand sanitizer after every use.
Faucet handles harbor germs like crazy! According to a study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology Research, kitchen faucets can have 44 times the amount of germs found on a toilet seat. Often times, regular cleaning products don’t go deep enough down the sink pipes to kill nasty bacteria like E. coli, coliform, yeast and bacteria as well as yeast and/or mold. If left untreated, these germs can spread to your sink, sponges and hands. Disinfect the entire sink, paying special attention to the faucet and handles, with antibacterial spray for sports equipment or disinfecting wipes.
Drum roll, please! Kitchen sponges are the germiest items in any household. Scientific Reports published a study conducted by German researchers that found 362 different types of bacteria, up to 45 billion per square centimeter, in sponges collected from subjects’ households. They also harbor the greatest amount of fecal bacteria and E. Coli than any other household items. Toss your sponges out as often as possible or replace them altogether with towels, rags or trendy Swedish dishcloths.
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