You can try and hide but you cannot escape bacteria. They are everywhere! Very few bacteria are harmful, but bad bacteria aren’t much fun when they make you sick. They take any chance they get to take over especially if unhygienic or dirty!
- Bacteria can make copies of themselves very quickly!
- That porous surfaces are just absolute germ factories!
You're always gambling with germs but you can encourage the odds to be in your favour. That means reducing exposure to germs,
- Best accomplished with regular hand-washing and sanitisation.
- It also means cleaning those grimy items you rarely think to clean.
Here are average total bacteria counts, per square inch, for a dozen common germ-infested items according to Gerba, who has tested hundreds of surfaces. (Charles P. Gerba is an American microbiologist. He currently is a professor at the University of Arizona)
Are these the hotspots in your house?
DISH SPONGE: 775,460,560
Easily the grossest cesspool in your household, the sponge is often a culprit in spreading germs around when you use a dirty one to "clean'' other surfaces. It takes about a week for the germ count to get sky high.
SHOPPING TROLLEY: 138,000
Exposed to food, infants, parking lot birds, shopping carts are dirtier than many other public surfaces. Coliform bacteria were detected in 72 per cent of shopping carts sampled. On average, they carry 115 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
KITCHEN TAP HANDLE: 228,854
There's more faecal bacteria in the kitchen sink than in the toilet after we flush it, Dr Gerba said, thanks to all the meat and produce remnants that collect there
Cleaners rarely touch your personal space, so if you don't clean it, then no one else will.
BATHROOM TAP AND HANDLE: 50,068
Bathrooms overall had less bacteria than kitchens, where constant contact with food adds to cross-contamination
CUTTTING BOARD: 61,597
Raw meat & chicken can make cutting boards a dangerous source of cross-contamination if they're not cleaned properly.
REMOTE CONTROL: 17,000
Given that they pass between many hands, are used while snacking and rarely get cleaned, remote controls are often germ baths.
MOBILE PHONE: 11,020
Pressed against your face and mouth all day, mobile phones can give germs easy access to enter your body. It's particularly scary if you share your phone.
Though they get a bad rap, things like doorknobs and light switches usually aren't so dirty, because people aren't touching them very often.
SELF-CHECKOUT TOUCH SCREEN: 4500
Touched by thousands of strangers and rarely cleaned.
KITCHEN COUNTER TOPS: 1736
When you bring foods and meats into your kitchen from the grocery store, open and clean them in an area away from where you prepare food, and put them into clean containers before storing them.
Because people are careful to disinfect the toilet seat regularly, it tends to be among the cleanest surfaces in the house. One gross thing to keep in mind is that flushing the toilet releases bacteria-laden aerosols that settle on bathroom surfaces. So consider keeping your toothbrush in a drawer.
Given how often they're on the floor, it should come as no surprise that a third of purses crawl with E. coli.
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