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The 10 Worst Germy Surfaces


Many surfaces and objects you come in contact with every day are covered in germs. Here are a few of the worst culprits:

Purses and Wallets

Although they serve similar functions for women and men, purses and wallets are germy for entirely different reasons. Purses pick up the bacteria from wherever they're placed -- from the soiled ground to the bathroom floor. Wallets pick up bacteria from what goes into them.

Remote Controls

People are constantly handling their remote controls, and nobody ever disinfects them.

Laundry Machines

There is about 0.1 gram of fecal material in a piece of underwear. That amounts to approximately 100 million E. coli bacteria in an average undergarment load.

Cutting Boards

There are 200 times more fecal bacteria on a cutting board than a toilet seat. The reason is that many people rinse off their cutting board rather than thoroughly washing it.

Your Phone

The telephone provides a convenient meeting place for two different sources of germs -- your hands and your mouth.

Water Fountains

The moist surface area on the average water fountain is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.

Buttons

The buttons found on ATMs, elevators, telephones and drink machines are located in areas that are not often cleaned and disinfected to kill bacteria and viruses.

Yoga Mats

Sweat and microbes can cover an exercise mat during a workout. This may not be a problem if the mat was cleaned and disinfected before and after each use. But if the mats are not cleaned, germs can linger for days.

Airplane Bathroom

Airplane bathrooms get cleaned, but the high volume of people they must cater to in a short amount of time leaves them very dirty very quickly.

Shopping Carts

One test found E. coli on almost half the shopping carts examined. These microbes are transferred from the cart to your hands, to the food you select and then to your face if your hands touch it.

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