7 Everyday Objects That Are Swimming In Bacteria
Bacteria can be found lurking everywhere you can possibly imagine. Whether it's at the office, supermarket or even in your own home, we're confronted with a plethora of bugs and germs every day.
Thankfully, most bacteria are usually harmless for healthy people. However, a number of these pesky bugs can lead to illnesses ranging from a simple cold to more serious infections. What many people also don't know is that these germs are often at large on objects that you wouldn't expect to find them.
So that you know where to look in the future, we've compiled a list of the 7 worst germ hotspots you encounter every day...
1. Dish Towels
According to studies, 7% of dish towels are contaminated with MRSA, which can cause extremely harmful skin conditions. Dish towels are also hot spots for E. coli — a major cause of food poisoning. Reusing dish towels after cleaning up spills spreads these bugs, so we recommend cleaning countertops with paper towels instead.
2. Cell Phones
Many people check their phones while using the bathroom, meaning germs stay on the device even if you wash your hands. These bacteria can cause infections and upset stomachs.To get rid of these bugs, we advise using disinfecting wipes three times a week.
Toothbrushes are supposed to keep our teeth clean, but do you know what’s really lurking between the bristles? After use, bacteria from your mouth remain on the brush. That’s why you should change your toothbrush every couple of months. If you’ve had a cold, be sure to change your brush right away.
4. Movie Theaters
Movie theaters draw people into close contact for several hours. Viral infections such as colds can therefore spread easily. Avoid touching your eyes or face during the movie and wash your hands straight after leaving the theater.
5. ATM Buttons
Just think about all the people who use ATMs every day. Inevitably, the buttons are home to a variety of harmful bugs. Research shows that 41% of ATMs are contaminated with high levels of bacteria. Therefore, we recommend using hand sanitizer after getting money out.
6. Restaurant Menus
Restaurant menus are rarely wiped between meal sittings, meaning they’re the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Never let a menu touch your silverware or plate, and wash your hands after you’ve placed your order.
7. Kitchen Sink
Believe it or not, but the worst offender is your kitchen sink! Bacteria builds up quickly on the faucet. This biofilm of grime then sticks to the faucet screen. If left too long, it can break off and get into your food or dishes. Remove the screen once a week and soak it in a diluted bleach solution.
So now you know where all those nasty bacteria like to lurk the most. One strategy for fighting germs is to wash your hands regularly and correctly. Washing your hands should take as long as humming “Happy Birthday” twice. Remember to include your wrists while rinsing and you’re good to go!