We all know for a fact that some of the items lying around the house can become spawning pools for all kind of germs. But are you curious enough to learn what the filthiest items are? Well, it would seem that a researcher from the University of Arizona was curious enough to pop the question and to gather some data. The results of his study are more than baffling.
Fun fact – did you known that cell phones have ten times more germs than toilet seats? This was the conclusion of a study published by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine back in 2011. It would seem that one in six smartphones have traces of fecal matter, especially due to the fact that owners make a habit out of taking the devices with them to the bathroom.
Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona and the author of the new study focused on germ-riddled household items declared that most people tend to think that toilet seats are teeming with germs, but they often overlook items such as cellphones or other electronic devices.
So, after gathering his data, Gerba managed to rank the filthiest items around the house. The first items on Gerba’s list are electronic devices such as remote controls, DVDs, consoles, computers, and tablets. He said that these items could spread germs quickly and can become a health hazard. The best way to deal with any germs found on electronic devices is to wipe them on a daily basis using a special disinfectant.
Moving on, the second filthiest item on Gerba’s list is the kitchen sink and all items that come in contact with it such as sponges. A microbiological examination revealed that the kitchen sink could hold 200,000 more germs than the toilet.
Ranking third in Gerba’s list are playground equipment such as swings. If you don’t want your children to come down with something nasty during your trip to the local playground, you will do well to bring along a bottle of hand sanitizer.
The fourth place is occupied by reusable shopping bags. As Gerba pointed out, these items might do wonders for the environment, but they can become a breeding ground for germs such as E.coli. The best way to deal with this is to throw the bags in the washing machine on a weekly basis.
Now, the fifth place is occupied by shoes. According to Gerba’s lab tests, a simple pair of sneakers can accumulate as much as 421,000 germs in just two weeks. So, the best way to deal with them is to throw those shoes in the washing machine with some detergent.
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