We all know for a fact that some of our household items are filthier than others. However, all of us assumed, right from the very beginning, that there’s nothing wrong with taking the phone to the bathroom when Mother nature calls or that the kitchen’s sink is definitely the cleanest surface in the house since that’s the place where stuff that goes into the food our washed. What if we told that there’s no have when it comes to germs and that some of the items you call clean are actually the filthiest?
Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, and the author of a new study about germs declared that during his data gathering, he discovered that some of the items lying around the house have more germs than a toilet bowl.
Gerba started his study by citing another scientific paper published in 2011 by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine which stated that one out of 6 smartphones have minute traces of fecal matter due to the fact that most owners prefer to take their devices to the Throne Room. Furthermore, it would appear that, in most cases, smartphones may hold more germs than your toilet bowl.
Other sources of germs named by Gerba’s paper are various household electronic devices such as TV remote controls, Blue-Ray players, phones, consoles, and, of course, tablets. So, the best way to deal with these germs is to wipe them clean using disinfectant.
Oddly enough, Gerba declared that one of the filthiest items in the house is the kitchen’s sink. According to his research, the sink has 200,000 germs than your toilet bowl. The solution is quite simple – don’t forget to wash the sink every day, using soap and warm water. Be sure to do this especially after you wash stuff like poultry or raw meat. You should also offer the same treatment to your microwave.
Now, according to the University of Arizona microbiologist, the filthiest and germ-riddled item lying around the house are shoes. The researcher said that a common pair of sneakers could accumulate as much as 450,000 bacteria in just two weeks. To wipe out this source of infection, don’t forget to throw those shoes in the washing machine at least thrice per month.
Other sources of infection included in Gerba’s study are reusable shopping bags, swings, the garbage can, and light switches.
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