Top Five Dirtiest Things You Touch EverydayBy Home Security Source Nov 5, 2010 | 10:55:00 amPosted in: Home, Personal Safety, House
Everyday we touch hundreds of items covered in germs. Sometimes even the most innocent looking things may be secretly hiding bacteria that can make you and your family sick. Below are five of the dirtiest items we touch almost every day.
1. Money- Everyone touches it, from bank tellers to that snot nosed kid down the street. New York Health Commissioners found anywhere from 126,000 to 135,000 bacteria on a single bill. After handling cash be sure to clean your hands with antibacterial soap or sanitizer.
2. Light Switch- We all flip light switches numerous times throughout the day. One switch can hold up to 217 bacteria per square inch. Wipe switches down with a disinfecting wipe as often as possible to eliminate bacteria growth.
3. Computer Keyboard- If you are reading this you are most likely sitting at your computer. Think about how much you type at your computer, sneeze or cough and continue typing without stopping. If you are using a public computer it could be even worse. To rid your keyboard of creepy critters, first use a can of compressed air to loosen trapped debris, and then wipe it down with a cloth dipped in mild soap.
4. Cell Phones- For most of us, rarely an hour goes by where we don’t check our cell phone. Constant contact with our face and hands combined with the heat generated from the phone makes a mobile device the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Be sure to wipe down your phone regularly with antibacterial wipes or purchase an antimicrobial film cover for added protection.
5. Toilet Seat- It is pretty obvious why the toilet seat is considered a dirty place, studies show that there are 295 bacteria for every square inch. Use a paper barrier if provided and always, always wash your hands after using the bathroom.
To keep yourself healthy and germ free- keep a travel size of hand sanitizer with you at all times, and remember to wash your hands often with warm soapy water.
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