Face it! There are always bacteria and viruses lurking everywhere. However, before you go “gross!” or “eww!” on your toilet seat, look at this list and know where these disease-causing bacteria actually lurk and multiply. Various studies have found that germs and bacteria are found on locations and things that you use and touch everyday—and yes, not just on toilet seats.
Germiest Place # 1: Kitchen Sinks. Yes, mothers, that’s right. Kitchen sinks are typically covered with more than 400,000 bacteria per square inch in the drain alone! Imagine how big your kitchen sink is. Imagine how many square inches it covers. Multiply that by 400,000 and you can be well on your way to counting billions of bacteria. Of course, you still have your sponge, faucet and basin to count. These are favorite places for crawling bacteria because they are always wet.
Germiest Place #2: Airplane bathrooms. Everyone knows that public bathrooms and toilets are not just dirty but also house millions of germs. However, experts via their studies all agree that cramped and overused bathrooms on planes are also one of the Germiest places on earth. Some of these bathrooms that have been studied also have traces of E. coli and fecal bacteria. These bacteria are often found on door handles and faucets. Studies show that when the volcanic flush of the commode is used, it throws particles into the air which then lands on the floor and coats it.
Germiest Place #3: Wet laundry. I know, I know! You’ve just finished your laundry and you’re expecting that once you remove them from the machine, they’ll be clean and smelling fresh. What you don’t realize is that once you transfer your little undies from the washer to the dryer, you are also transferring E. coli from the laundry to your hands. All you need is one soiled undergarment to spread the microbe to your entire laundry.
Germiest Place #4: Shopping cart handles. You hold them every single time you visit the grocery and shop. Imagine how many people visit your local grocery and hold these carts. Some of them might have just sneezed on their hands and immediately hold the handle. There is also raw food that people who do grocery touches. As we all know very well, raw food contains nasty pathogens.
Germiest Place #5: ATM buttons. Your local ATM machine can give you more than just cash. It can also give you disease and illness! What most studies suggest is that ATM buttons contain more harmful microbes than doorknobs on public toilets. One reason is because ATM machines are rarely cleaned and disinfected but they are regularly touched and handled by people. These two facts are perfect combinations for germs to thrive.
These are just some of the locations where you can find a lot of disease causing germs and bacteria. While you cannot really spend a day without touching any of these, it’s always best to soap up after you come in contact with any of these locations. If that is not possible, make sure to bring with your alcohol-free based hand sanitizers and take extra pre-caution to prevent the spread of disease.