The Most Germ-Infested Things You Touch Every. Single. Day.
When’s the last time you cleaned your BBQ? According to a UK study, the grill where you cook your burgers hosts twice as many germs as a toilet seat. Even those that look clean can be infested with listeria, salmonella and E. coli. Wash your grates regularly (at least a couple of times a season) and fire the grill for a while before putting any food on to let the heat burn away lingering germs. Then, fire up the grill for this Tangy Cider Can Chicken Recipe.
Yep, your work could be making you sick. According to microbiologist Michael Loughlin, the biggest sources of germs on your desk are items you use most: your keyboard, phones, pens and coffee mugs (if they’re not cleaned properly). Luckily, these items are easy enough to wipe down. Just remember to do so regularly! Here are 5 signs you should call in sick to work.
One of your most prized possessions is likely one of the dirtiest. Since your smartphone has such close contact with your hands and mouth, and it travels just about everywhere you do, it’s absolutely riddled with germs, including E. coli, staph, and strep. In fact, one study found that cell phones carried 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Remember to clean it frequently. Don’t miss the real reasons why texting may actually be bad for your health.
Think about every kind of germ you come in contact with in a given day — from the bathroom to the bus. Just about every one of them can be found in your wallet. A 2017 study of cash found viruses, bacteria and fungi typically found on skin, in mouths and even in vaginas all mingling on the bills along with human and pet DNA. In fact, if you could see all the organisms living on there, you might just choose credit over cash — or at least wash your hands after paying.
Your water bottle
You’re doing a good thing by drinking from a reusable water bottle and not dumping plastic into landfills after every drink, but for a clean solution, water bottles are shockingly dirty. Swabs from the water bottles of 12 athletes found that they contain 100 times more bacteria than the average dog toy. Don’t forget to wash your water bottle regularly and thoroughly, especially around the mouthpiece where the germs collect most. And if you’re drinking tap water, here are 5 things you need to know.