When you think of your home, what comes to mind as the dirtiest place or thing inside of it?
If I had to take a wild guess, I’d probably go with my bathroom. More specifically, the toilet seat.
The average toilet seat has about 50 different types of bacteria living on it at one time. That sounds like quite a lot, but when you hear these 14 places and things that have many times more bacteria than that, you might consider cooking your food in the bathroom instead of your kitchen. Well, hopefully you don’t go that far.
These 14 dirty things are pretty darn surprising. Think about how often and carefully we clean our toilets; they are frequently disinfected and wiped down. They also are hard and aired out, as opposed to the absorbent and stuffy like the quality of some other places and objects in your home.
Do you know which parts of your house are filthier than a toilet seat? Well, after reading this, you’ll know exactly where you should be giving things an extra good cleaning!
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1. Home Office Desks
There are 400 times more germs on the average office desks than on toilets. Keep some disinfecting wipes around and you’ll be just fine.
A computer keyboard can be a particularly bad offender, with 200 times more germs than a toilet. Yikes.
3. Cell Phones
There’s ten times more bacteria on your phone than on a toilet seat and bowl. Think about that the next time you answer a call, and make sure you pay attention to how often you disinfect your phone and phone case.
4. Cutting Boards
There is 200 times more bacteria on your cutting board than there is on your toilet seat. What from? Raw meat. Vegetarians, rejoice! Everyone else, make sure you give your boards a good scrub after each use, and replace them once they get tattered.
5. Bottom Refrigerator Shelves
Due to condensation and other things dripping down to the bottom shelf, it’s loaded with bacteria. Fridges even have the potential to test positive for E. coli. To keep it cleaner than your toilet seat, give it a good disinfecting wipe every few weeks.
6. Pet Food Bowls
There can be around 2,100 bacteria per square inch of your pet’s food bowl if you don’t clean it often enough.
4,000 — and no, that’s not too many zeros. There are 4,000 times more bacteria in your carpets than on your toilet seat. Think of all the skin cells and other germs that are buried down in there. Give it a good deep clean at least once a year on top of regular vacuuming.
8. Remote Controls
The TV controller is often the dirtiest thing in a household. Think of all the times everyone was sick and flipping through the channels. Ick! Again, disinfecting wipes are your friend.
9. Light Switches
Every light switch can have around 217 different bacteria lingering on it’s little nub.
Have you ever taken a close look at your drapes? Not only do they attract dust, but also mold, bacteria, dander, and other debris. Get those babies deep cleaned! Your toilet seat isn’t nearly as absorbent as your drapes are.
The dark, wet tubes that distribute water to clean yousrelf are much dirtier than your toilet seat, which is dry and airy.
Your toothbrush is almost constantly moist, which makes it a breeding ground for bacteria. Not to mention that it is in the immediate vicinity of the germs that are launched into the air every time you flush your toilet. Make sure to replace your old toothbrushes regularly.
13. Kitchen Sinks
You may think that your sink is fine from all the cleaning you do in it, but that simply isn’t the case. Its wet environment makes it perfect for E. coli to thrive in. All you have to do is give your sink as much attention as your dishes and you’ll be golden!
A dollar can have up to 200,000 bacteria on it due to all the strange places it’s been stored, hands it’s passed through, and puddles it’s been dropped into over the years. It might be worth it to carry hand sanitizer around for when you don’t have the opportunity to wash your hands after using cash.
The moral of the story is, our toilet seats really aren’t all that dirty, despite the connotations that we have with them. It’s the rest of the home that we may just have to worry about!
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