20 Things That Are Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat

Voting Rules
Upvote the nastiest everyday objects that you are most surprised are covered in germs.

Let's face it - the bathroom is a bevy of bacteria. Germs and bacteria such as streptococcus, E. coli, hepatitis A, and common colds thrive in this moldy, damp atmosphere. It's gross. You'd think the toilet seat would be public enemy number one when it comes to germs and contamination, but actually, you'd be wrong. This list of common everyday objects features all kinds of things that are actually dirtier than your toilet, and are covered in all kinds of nasty and gross germs.

Not only are there other objects in your bathroom itself that have more cooties than your porcelain throne, but there are tons of household items and every day tools that carry more germs than a toilet seat. From ATM and elevator buttons to kitchen sponges and faucet handles, there are germs lurking everywhere in your home, office, and most frequented public places!

So, which of these germ-ridden objects surprised you the most? Vote up the nastiest objects that you had no idea were covered in bacteria. Then go wash your hands, replace your pillows, and get rid of the biofilm in your shower. It's just as gross as it sounds.

  • 1
    700 VOTES

    Restaurant Menus - 185,000 Bacteria Per Square Centimeter

    We all know menus are never cleaned, but we just put it out of our minds, don't we? How many people touch these menus each day, week, month? It's been researched, and restaurant menus have 185,000 bacteria per square centimeter! 

    700 votes
  • 2
    688 VOTES

    Toothbrushes - Bathroom Germ Magnets

    They say that when you flush a toilet, the germs can go up to fifteen feet in the air and linger for over several hours! Guess where a lot of them land? Toothbrushes are often found in close proximity to toilets and become the recipients of those germs. Next stop for the toothbrush: your mouth!

    688 votes
  • 3
    715 VOTES

    Kitchen Sponges - 250,000x Dirtier Than a Toilet

    There are 10 million bacteria per square inch on your average kitchen sponge. No joke, sponges can be 250,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. They get reused over and over and over again, gaining more germs after each use.

    715 votes
  • 4
    453 VOTES

    Mattresses - Bacteria Breeding Grounds

    In 10 years, your mattress will double in weight, due to the amount of dust mites and dust mite poop inside it. Aside from that fact, mattresses are a breeding ground for bacteria and other germs, specifically norovirus, staphylococcus, and campylobacter. 

    453 votes
  • 5
    650 VOTES

    Pillows - MRSA Breeding Grounds

    How often do you change your pillows? Pillows contain dust mites, skin cells, dead bugs, body secretions, and fungi which makes up for a third of the weight of your pillow. It's recommended to change out your pillows every six months or so.

    650 votes
  • 6
    532 VOTES

    Bathtubs - 19,500 Bacteria Per Square Inch

    Bathtubs - 19,500 Bacteria Per Square Inch
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    Your bathtub drain contains about 19,500 bacteria per square inch. The warm and moist bathtub environment is a place where bacteria thrives, especially bacteria that is washed off the human body or off of toys and other objects placed in the tub. The dirty water contaminates the entire tub, making the tub not as clean a place as you think when you get in to wash yourself off.

    532 votes