Everybody loves money, but nobody loves the germs that
comes along with it! Yuck. From the Ralphs cashier to the business
executive’s office to the homeless man on the street, there’s an
enormous amount of bacteria on every buckaroo in your pocket. Dr.
Darlington, the Health Commissioner of New York, found 135,000 bacteria
from washing one bill and 126,000 from another. The way to tackle this
problem is easy: wash your hands.
2. Light Switch
got to do it, and usually it’s the last person in the room. So pack up
your things quick and get out of there because turning off the light
switch in a public area is just about the nastiest task anyone can be
assigned to do, besides counting rolls of money (refer to #1). All the
itty bitty germs love swirling around on the plastic switch that’s
touched by millions of dirty fingers over the years add up to about 217
bacteria/square inch. According to a local restroom sanitation glossary,
that’s what you’d call a common contact point where germs are
transmitted. Clorox wipe, anyone?
3. Computer Keyboard
computer’s your friend (except when it freezes on you in the most
pivotal moments of life) but its accompanying keyboard is a nemesis
thriving with germs. In a study from a British consumer group in 2009,
33 computer keyboards were randomly sampled and out of these tested four
were considered a health hazard. One was even discovered to have more
bacteria than your average toilet. The only way to clean (or delete)
this pile of cooties is to spray the keyboard with a can of compressed
air and wipe with a cloth dipped in mild detergent.
4. Cell Phones
the dog. Cell phones are a modern (wo)man’s best friend. Heck, the
average person probably touches, taps, or strokes their or her cell
phone more times than they pet their neglected pooch at home. New
research from the United Kingdom show that mobile phones are a
technological petri dish for tens and thousands of germs, mainly due to
the heat that they generate as well as the bacteria it shares with your
hands and face. Next time, consider an anti-microbial coating for your
phone or frequent anti-bacterial wipe-downs. Or sterile rubber gloves
every time you touch or use your phone, always disposing of them in a
furnace immediately afterward.
Though the toilet
seat has been good to you on many a bad days, its porcelain white
surface is party-host to all sorts of diseases and viruses. Statistics
show that there are 295 bacteria for every square inch of the cold,
smooth surface. Though that’s not as bad as the 3.2 million on the
toilet bowl, it’s still not a place to rest your head on at night – or
in the morning.
6. Shopping Cart
Sorry to be a killjoy, but
surfing down the grocery aisle just got a lot less fun. Think of every
possible bacteria-filled thing a person can touch – well, once they hit
their local supermarket, those things can also be found on the handle of
any shopping cart. In fact, there may even be things on there that you
haven’t touched. A study from the University of Arizona found that
shopping carts were loaded with more bacteria, saliva, and fecal matter
than escalators, public telephones, and even public bathrooms. So next
time you’re at a supermarket, you might as well pick yourself up some
Purell. Shop and squirt, shop and squirt…
7. Remote Control
many times has ice cream splattered onto your remote control and you’ve
just ignored it? Or even worse, smeared it across the surface into an
expansive-but-barely-there layer? Add to that the MRSA, VRE and SARS
bacteria that is easily transferable by touching TV remotes, and you’ve
got yourself one soiled artifact. Next channel, please.
you’re all clean and spiffy, but what about your bathtub? The bathtub
is home to many toxic bacterias that is often left unnoticed. That is,
until someone in the family catches a staph infection, urinary tract
infection, pneumonia, septicemia, or some form of a skin condition.
Believe it or not, bacteria left lingering near the drain of a bathtub
is worse than bacteria found in the toilet. By cleaning the bathtub with
bathroom cleaner just once a week, you can minimize these unwanted
germs (and illnesses) from you and your loved ones. Go on, give it a
9. Kitchen Sink
Contrary to popular
opinion, the kitchen may actually be the dirtiest place in the house. Of
course, that’s not including your dirty little brother Jimmy’s bedroom
but that’s another story. Anyway, there’s typically 500,000 bacteria per
square inch in the kitchen sink drain alone, so you can only imagine
the total gunk with faucet handles and all. To solve the problem from
the inside out, try pouring 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar
down the drain. Finally, rinse with hot water, and you just might hear
your sink burp a clean gurgle of delight.
10. Kitchen Sponge
“NO! I TRUSTED YOU!!!”
it just seems like I’m messing with your head. But I’m not. It’s true.
The very sponge that takes the grit off of your dishes and bathroom
sink, is really the dirtiest of them all. The yellow and green icon of
the kitchen is really a cozy home for germs. Its moist, micro-crevices
make it harder to disinfect, so instead of wiping surfaces clean with a
sponge, users are really just transferring bacteria from one place to
another. An easy remedy is to microwave the sponge for 60 seconds–it
improves the odor too!
11. Dirty Used Underwear
I don't need
to say much about underwear *dirty ones*. After putting on a boxer
short for two days, you should expect it to carry dirt and germs, same
goes to the women with panties. I would have made it number one on this
list but here you have it. It is expected of you to wash your hands with
clean water after handling your dirty underwear. And at the same time
don't wear the same underwear for more than two days for men while that
of the women shouldn't exceed one day! ITS DISGUSTING!