We all know that the bathroom is home to some of the most dangerous harmful germs and bacteria. Bacteria and germs such as streptococcus, hepatitis A, E. coli and even some sexually transmitted diseases love taking full advantage of the moist atmosphere of your bathroom, and it is disgusting. Most of us are led to believe that the toilet seat is the most polluted thing on the planet: you are wrong. Toilet seats are dirty, but there are many more contaminated objects around them that don't even think they are dirty, and that's scary.
There are many of those objects that are there in the bathroom, which are more contagious than your morning throne, but your home also has tons of other items and tools that have many more harmful germs than your bathroom or toilet. From faucet handles and kitchen sponges to elevator buttons and ATMs, you will find harmful germs ready to attack your health from your office, home and the most common places you frequent every day!
In this article, we have compiled the list of dirtiest objects we find every day. While you may already know or suspect that some of those objects are dirty, rest will surely surprise you. Before any other problem, let's take a look!
It is common sense that restaurant menus are never washed, and yet when we visit a restaurant, that is never in our minds. Just imagine the number of people who touch the same menu every day, weeks and years. According to recent research, an average restaurant menu has more than 185,000 bacteria per square centimeter! Therefore, it is extremely insecure for people who have a weaker immune system and also for children, as they are more likely to get sick due to germs.
The germinal magnet – toothbrush
It is a well known fact that when we flush a toilet, harmful germs and bacteria are pushed up to 6 feet in the air, which remains for more than three hours! And now, guess what else you keep in the bathroom. Yes, that's right, toothbrushes! Toothbrushes are quite close when it comes to germs and bacteria, which stick to the brushes and go to your body!
Bathtub: not only has water, but 19,500 bacteria per square centimeter
While you may believe that your bathtub is actually a place that cleanses your body, it has more than 19,500 bacteria per square centimeter! The reason why bacteria thrive in the bathtub is that it is perfect for survival: warm and moist. Then, when the bacteria wash from your body, it finds its place in your bathtub and the toys that are in and around the bathtub. So, the bathtub is not exactly as clean as you thought it was.
While your kitchen sponge can be used for a week or so, using it more than that increases the amount of bacteria and germs that find their place in the sponge. After repeated cleaning, all germs adhere to the sponge in your kitchen and, in fact, of every 3 sponges, one contains the harmful Staphylococcus bacteria! On average, a kitchen sponge contains about 10 million bacteria per square centimeter, which is about 250,000 times dirtier than the average toilet seat!
Pillows – breeding stock for MRSA
Are you someone who uses the same pillow for years? If so, a little surprise awaits you. Pillows not only contain body secretions and skin cells, but also dust mites, dead insects and some of the most harmful bacteria such as influenza viruses, MRSA or even leprosy! If you want to avoid all that, we strongly recommend that you change the pillows every five or six months.