You Won’t Believe How Dirty These Common Household Items Can Be

Cleaning your house isn’t just about making it look nice. It also prevents bacteria from spreading and potentially making someone sick. However, many people forget to clean the dirtiest parts of their home.

Studies have determined which objects in peoples’ homes contain the most germs. Sometimes, people clean these objects incorrectly and leave harmful bacteria. Other times, they forget that they need to wash them. Don’t forget to tackle your doorknobs, coffee machine, and computer keyboard. Here are the most germ-infested objects in your home–many of which are dirtier than a toilet.

Cell Phones Spread Germs

A woman browses her smartphone while waiting in an airport.
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Asurion Research reports that most Americans check their phones 96 times per day. On top of that, many people scroll through their phones while outdoors or on the toilet. That accumulates a lot of germs. According to a study from the University of Arizona, the average cell phone is ten times dirtier than a toilet.

Research has located contagious pathogens such as Streptococcus, MRSA, and E. coli. Microbiology professor Charles Gerba says that the worst culprits are people who use their phones in the bathroom. If possible, disinfect your phone every day.