Don’t Touch That! 12 Items that Are Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat Make an Appointment Ask a Question Find a Doctor This information has been approved by LeeAnn Bryant, BSN, MHS, RN (November 2016). Want to use this on your website? Fill out the content usage request form and then copy this code: Summary: Don’t Touch That! 12 Items that Are Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat Toilet seats* get a bad rap as one of the dirtiest items, but here is a list of things that have more germs than a toilet seat. *50 bacteria per square inch on average seat. Keyboard – 5x more germs Purse Handles – 10 x more germs Smart Phone – 10x more bacteria Tablet Computer – 30 x more Staphylococcus Kitchen Faucet Handles – 44 x more bacteria Washer Load of Underwear – 100 million E. coli bacteria Light Switch – 200 x more bacteria Cutting Board – 200x more bacteria Pet Food Dish – 295 bacteria per square inch Kitchen Sponge – 400x more bacteria Carpet – 200,000 bacteria per square inch Money/Credit Cards – 200,000 bacteria per bill More Information on Germs Cleaning Items Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat Influenza Exercises to Boost Immunity Keep Hands Clean Avoiding Infections at School Healthy Recipes to Boost Immunity Vaccines Preventing Foodborne Illnesses You may use this infographic or our Don't Touch That (JPG) with permission by completing our content usage request form. If you like our health information, sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, Health-e-News.