Don’t Touch That! 12 Items that Are Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat

Don't Touch That

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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.

  1. Keyboard – 5x more germs

  2. Purse Handles – 10 x more germs

  3. Smart Phone – 10x more bacteria

  4. Tablet Computer – 30 x more Staphylococcus

  5. Kitchen Faucet Handles – 44 x more bacteria

  6. Washer Load of Underwear – 100 million E. coli bacteria

  7. Light Switch – 200 x more bacteria

  8. Cutting Board – 200x more bacteria

  9. Pet Food Dish – 295 bacteria per square inch

  10. Kitchen Sponge – 400x more bacteria

  11. Carpet – 200,000 bacteria per square inch

  12. Money/Credit Cards – 200,000 bacteria per bill


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Preventing Foodborne Illnesses


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