What's dirtier than your toilet seat?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:55 pm    Post subject: What's dirtier than your toilet seat? Reply with quote

What's dirtier than your toilet seat?

Given what a bathroom is used for, most people sensibly try to keep it clean.

Alas, disinfecting your toilet bowl may well lull you into a false sense of how germ free your home really is.

We've compiled a list of places and things that are really quite dirty and potentially unsafe.


If you flush the toilet without putting the lid down, the water particles are sprayed up to a distance of six feet, landing on your sink and toothbrush Shocked Close the lid before you flush, and disinfect the taps, the flush handle and door handles often.

Kitchen sink

Your kitchen sink contains 100,000 times more germs than your bathroom. Sponges are a trap for germs and can carry bacteria such as e. coli and salmonella. Your chopping board, brace yourself, has about twice as much faecal bacteria than your average toilet seat.

Wash your sponges in the dishwasher and replace them often. Use separate chopping boards for meat, fish and vegetables, and wash and disinfect them closely after each use.

Computer keyboard

Why fret about the cleanliness of your office bathroom when your computer keyboard carries a year's worth of nose pickings and breadcrumbs? More importantly, your qwerty carries all sorts of bugs that cause food poisoning.

Flip your keyboard over, shake hard, and then wipe the surface with antibacterial solution. And don't forget your computer mouse.

Mobile phone

Your mobile is delightfully small and versatile, which is precisely why it tends to carry 18 times more potentially harmful germs than your average toilet's flush handle. Indeed, your phone could be carrying staph bacteria, which can cause everything from skin infections to meningitis.

The same goes for your house and office phones.

Turn the device off and wipe it with a antibacterial towelette. Repeat often.

Your laundry

You might feel that the laundry you've just done is truly clean - think again. Research has found that intestinal viruses like hepatitis A and e.coli can be transferred between clothes during a wash.

Use bleach where possible, and wash fabrics at the highest possible temperature. If you have a dryer, use it at the highest setting allowed to kill the remaining germs.

TV remote

It is one of the most used and least cleaned items in your home, and it is also one of the top places to transmit infections. In your hotel room, it is most likely the dirtiest surface there.

Sanitize it with antibacterial wipes.

Your bed

Your bed is rife with bacteria, dust mites and viruses.

Change your bedding weekly and wash it and dry it at high temperatures, using bleach if you can.

You should have your pillows and duvets professionally cleaned and replace your mattress every few years.

Your pet

There is nothing like unconditional affection given by your pet - including the campylobacter bacteria, which is carried by up to half of dogs and cats, and can give you food poisoning.

Treat your pet with affection, then wash your hands.

Wider world

Money, supermarket trolleys, elevator buttons, petrol pump nozzles, salad bars, public bathrooms, hotel rooms, candy bowls, your gym, sliced fruit in your cocktail... you name it, and it will be carrying many germs, some of them quite nasty.

Use common sense, as that may give you some protection against the rich tapestry of germ life.

Wash your hands often with soap and hot water. Dry them afterward.

Avoid, where possible, touching surfaces that are handled by the general public, such as bathroom door handles. You may wash you hands, but others don't.

Do not handle food unless you've washed your hands.

Avoid touching your face, including your nose and eyes, unless you have just washed your hands.

Stay away from people who are obviously sick.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ick....thanks, Luke!!! ;)
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Joined: 22 May 2007
Location: Al-Ard

PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of things mentioned here are just too much! IIRC, there was a BBC Horizon programme covering similar thing. They were saying that one of reasons why we see the new generation is more prone to various infections and disease is because we lead a more germ free life - i.e., too much sterile environment. Thus the body's immune system is less 'experienced' with the elements. in other words, one should let their kids run around in the gardan, mud, climbing tree, etc.

As for cleanliness regarding toilet use I always use water, after tissues. However in general, my experience with living with my peers (uni student) tells me that it is also highly dependent on your lifestyle and daily practices.
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Joined: 29 Apr 2006
Location: FL USA

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Luke......I think...lol! I hope I don't become a germphobic out of this. lol!
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