When it comes to dirty and gross things – the bathroom will typically come to mind. However, inside your home there are many things that attract dust, bacteria, germs, and dirt. Some things are in fact so bacteria-filled that it will make your toilet seat look as clean as a dinner plate. The worst thing? They are everyday things that you would never suspect. So if you are a germophobe, you may not want to read this one. Here are 26 everyday things unbelievably dirtier than your toilet seat!
26. Your Fresh Laundry
Did you know that a load of your underwear can transfer as much as 100 million e. coli bacteria inside the washing machine? Which allows it to become a bacteria breeding ground that contaminates everything in it. If you own a front-loading washing machine, it’s even worse, as water can sttle on the bottom and create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Unlike your toilet seat, which is too dry to support such large population of bacteria.
How to Clean It: do a load of whites first using bleach. If you don’t want to use bleach for clothing, clean the washer itself at least 2 times a month. You can do this by pouring 2 cups of bleach into the compartment for detergent, then running an empty cycle on the hottest setting, then wiping it dry. Make sure to leave the door open after. To prevent bacteria from spreading, you can wash underwear in a seperateload with hot water, and with color-safe bleach replacement.
25. Ice Ice, Baby
If you go out to eat, especially in the summer, you will be tempted to get ice with your drink. But before you do that, you should know that a study of fast food restaurants in United States discovered that 70% of the ice that was served had more bacteria than toilet water. The culprit lies in the fact that machines are very rarely cleaned properly, creating a perfect environment for e.coli. Some waiters also may pick up the ice with your cup instead of using an ice scoop.
Tip: Always skip on the ice.
24. Bathroom Floors
While toilets being dirty seem like common sense to people, I often see people putting their purses, backpacks and other items on the bathroom floor instead of using the hanger. Public restrooms can contain as much as 2 million bacteria per square inch. Your average toilet seat only has 50 per square inch.
Tip: Use the hangers inside the stalls to hang something or avoid bringing it to the bathroom all together.
23. Your Work Desk
Thanks to everything you put on your desk, an average office desk can contain 400x more bacteria than a toilet. So next time you drop some food on it, you may think twice about putting it in your mouth.
22. Your Keyboard
The fact that we often don’t wash our hands before using your keyboards and don’t clean the keyboards, make them very dirty. Just how dirty? About 200x dirtier than your toilet seat! This swarm of bacteria can survive for hours or days after contact.
How to clean it: Use natural disinfectant wipes.
21. Your Phone
Is this really a surprise by now? You’ve heard it so many times, yet how many times do you clean your phone? It contains 10x more bacteria than your toilet seat. If you wouldn’t wipe your head or hands on your toilet seat, you probably don’t want to touch your uncleaned cellphone either.
20. Menus in Restauraunts
If you’re like me, you probably wash your hands when you get inside a restauraunt. However, if you touch a restauraunt menu after, you may be defeating the purpose as the menu contains on average, 100x more bacteria than a toilet seat. To make matters worse, hundreds of people a day may touch the same menus who may have a myriad of bacteria and viruses on their hands.
Tip: wash your hands after you placed your order.
That’s right, your toothbrush probably contains more bacteria than your toilet seat. Every time you flush your toilet and leave the cover upen, the bacteria and germs can travel 6 feet and remain for 2 hours. A lot of them land on your toothbrush.
Tip: close the lid before flushing, and store your toothbrush in a container. Plus you can use them every time you travel!
18. Chopping Board
If you don’t properly wash your chopping board, chances are it may contain a whole lot of bacteria. Especially if you are chopping up raw meat, which is found to contain a lot of fecal bacteria.
Tip: clean your board thoroughly after each use, making sure to disinfect with soap.
17. Your Fridge
While a refridgerators goal is to keep food from rotting, it can actually contaminate it with dangerous bacteria like e.coli. The problem with refridgerators is that sometimes they may be set too warm, sometimes foods may leak, and other times you are simply not cleaning your fridge.
Tip: clean your fridge regurarly.
16. Carpet Floors
You know you should’ve went with the hardwood floors. Especially now that you know carpets can contain up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch. This makes carpets 4,000x dirtier than your toilet seat. A person can shed 1.5 million skin cells (that’s every hour) which feeds bacteria that resides rent-free in your carpets.
Tip: Get rid of your carpets or clean and vacuum them regurlarly. Too lazy to vacuum? Get one of these. However, be aware that vacuuming may not reach the very bottom of the carpet where a lot of the bacteria may reside. Thus you should get deep cleaning at least once a year.
15. Remote Control
Yikes, the key to entertainment in a hotel room, is actually one of the dirtiest items there. But frankly, it’s not much cleaner in your home either. All the dirt and bacteria from your hands end up on this magical device which never gets cleaned.
How to clean: Use natural disinfectant wipes.
14. Reusable Grocery Bags
Plastic bags are one of the biggest and most easily eliminatable wastes today. We should only use reusable bags. However, when product after product goes in it, sitting in cars for prolonged periods, bacteria can quickly multiply and linger.
Tip: Use sturdy reusable shopping bags that can actually be washed. These bags also tend to last longer, as they are build stronger. Also, always pack meats in seperate bag.
13. Door Knobs
This one really makes me uneasy, because it’s so hard to avoid. Makes me a bit more understanding of germophobes who refuse to touch them with their hands. Door knobs can play a major role in spreading ilness in offices and homes as they are never cleaned.
Tip: use a tissue in the bathrooms to open the door or if you’re tired of install a step n pull door opener. Why don’t all public restrooms have these?
12. Your Kitchen Sink
A sink often holds dirty dishes, bacteria from your hands, sometimes even raw meat. Which all results to your sink often having more fecal bacteria than a toilet.
Tip: Use natural disinfectant wipes to wipe it down daily and wash it especially carefully after handling raw meat.
11. Room Light Switch
So innocent looking, yet your light switch can have more than 200 bacteria per square inch. Light switches are almost never clean and they touch more than their fair share of dirty hands.
10. Bed & Couch Pillows
Fungal spores, dust mites, dead skin cells, and other secretions get from your body to your pillow.
Tip: use a pillow cover and wash it every week. Make sure to use hypoallergenic detergent in order to avoid unecessary reactions on your face.
Just the area around the drain can contain as much as 19,000 bacteria per square inch! The area used to clean you can be some of the dirtiest.
How to clean: use an antibacterial spray to wipe down your bathtub every once in a while.
8. Your Mattress
Matresses collect dust and other bodily secretions if not covered and washed properly. While the fact that a matress will double in size over 10 years due to dust mites and dust mite poop is utter nonsense, it can be far dirtier than your toilet.
Tip: use washable cover sheets and wash your sheets every week.
7. Dog Bowl
Your pet’s bowl can be a nasty place for bacteria. Jsu the inside rim of the pet bowl can have as much as 2,100 bacteria per square inch.
Tip: Clean your pet’s bowl, they deserve it!
Hey, mobsters didn’t invent money laundering for nothing. Bank notes can contain as much as 200,000 bacteria.
Tip: wash your hands after handling cash or get some bitcoin.
5. Shower Head
You know what bacteria love? Warm and moist places. Do you know where you can find that? Inside your shower head, sitting over night.
Tip: clean your shower head with soap a few times a week.
Just like carpets, curtains can be a magnet for dander, devris, dust mites, and pet fur. They are just slowly collecting all of it without ever being washed.
Tip: wash your drapes or replace them with washable window covers.
3. Faucet Handle
Washing your hands should make them cleaner, but it may not be the case if you don’t ever clean your faucets. A bathroom faucet can be 21x dirtier than your toilet seat, while the one in your kitchen is shockingly 44X dirtier.
Tip: clean your faucet with disinfectant wipes whenever you clean your sink. You can also use hand soap to clean it.
2. Backpacks, Handbags, and Purses
Aside from dirty items such as cash, phones, coins being inside your purses and backpacks, they are often being put on dirty surfaces, including bathrooms.
Tip: Make sure to wash your bags or at least wipe them down with natural disinfectant wipes.
1. Kitchen Sponge
Sponges are by far one of the dirtiest things inside your household. A typical sponge can contain as much as 10 million bacteria per square inch. That is 250,000X dirtier than your toilet seat. It has absorbed all the nastyness inside your sink.
Tip: change your sponge often, or clean it thoroughly with soap.
Why is The Toilet Seat Sparkly Clean?
It’s not. But it’s cleaner than most items on the list because we know that it’s something that needs to be cleaned. We use chemicals and disinfectants to clean it. However, other things on this list we rarely think about and almost never clean.
Hopefully, this list doesn’t turn you into a germophobe but rather brings awareness of things you should clean every so often. Just dedicate a day during the week to wipe and wash some of your stuff. Be sure to use natural cleaners instead of ones filled with chemicals as those can harm your health more than some of the bacteria.