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20 Things That Are Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat 

Matthew Cole Weiss
Updated April 1, 2020 18.3k votes 2.3k voters 711.7k views 20 items

List 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.

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Ice - 70% More Germs Than Toilet Water
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Photo:  Cleiton Andrade Andrade/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

A study of cleanliness at a fast food restaurant found that ice cubes contain 70% more germs than toilet water at the same restaurant. While this may seem surprising at first, the secret is that ice machines are rarely if ever cleaned, whereas toilets are cleaned on a regular basis. 

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Restaurant Menus - 185,000 Bacteria Per Square Centimeter
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Photo:  Daria Shevtsova/Pexels/Public Domain

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! 

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Toothbrushes - Bathroom Germ Magnets
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Photo:  Wagner Cesar Munhoz/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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!

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Kitchen Sponges - 250,000x Dirtier Than a Toilet
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Photo:  Horia Varlan/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

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.

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