From occasional hand-washers to germaphobes, this list of the dirtiest objects you touch every day will get your skin crawling and your hands frantically searching for the sanitizer. Dirty objects are all around you - and not just in places where you're naturally wary of germs, like the bathroom or the gym.
Many of the things you handle on a daily basis - like money, your cell phone, or your computer keyboard - are covered in bacteria. And if you've ever forgotten to wash your hands after using the bathroom or sneezing (gross!), you might be part of the problem. You may never want to touch anything again after this.
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Think of every possible bacteria-filled thing a person can touch; once they hit their local supermarket, those things include the handle of any shopping cart. A study from the University of Arizona found shopping carts were loaded with more bacteria, saliva, and fecal matter than escalators, public telephones, and even public bathrooms.
So next time you're at a supermarket, you might as well pick yourself up some hand sanitizer or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
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How many times has ice cream splattered onto your remote control and you've just ignored it? Or even worse, smeared it across the surface into an expansive but barely-there layer? Add to that all the sickness-causing germs on your hands that have easily transferred to your TV remote, and you've got yourself one soiled object.
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In a study from Texas A&M University, scientists found 81% of whirlpool bathtubs they tested possessed fungal growth. Thirty-four percent contained bacteria that can cause staph infections, and 95% had bacteria associated with fecal matter.
For baths that get you actually clean, you'll need to remember to clean bathtub jets with a little dishsoap and Clorox Bleach.
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Though it may seem counterintuitive, kitchen sinks are actually a breeding ground for bacteria, especially E. coli. The bacteria can thrive on food in the disposal and leftovers on dirty plates. And hot water isn't enough to properly clean your sink: bacteria actually thrives in moist environments.
To make sure your sink is germ-free, you should use a disinfectant regularly.