Many surfaces and objects you come in contact with every
day are covered in germs. Here are a few of the worst
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.
People are constantly handling their remote controls,
and nobody ever disinfects them.
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.
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
The telephone provides a convenient meeting place for
two different sources of germs -- your hands and your
The moist surface area on the average water fountain
is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.
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.
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 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.
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.