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You won't believe these items are full of germs!

Posted Jan 16th, 2018 in Did You Know

We know that harmful microorganisms can be present everywhere, even though we do not see them. But it is always good to know where germs thrive! Microbiologist Charles Gerba revealed where these invisible beings proliferate to The Washington Post. Check it out!


Clothes

CLOTHES

According to Charles Gerba, viruses and bacteria, such as salmonella can infiltrate our clothes.


Laundry

CLOTHES

The microbiologist explains that these microorganisms can remain when clothes are not washed properly. This sometimes happens when we wash them in cold water, which does not kill all germs and bacteria.


Sponge Sink

SINK, SPONGE, AND COUNTER

Gerba told The Washington Post that the area around the sink and the sponge used to clean dishes are the dirtiest places in the kitchen and are susceptible to germ proliferation.


Coats

COATS, HANDBAGS, AND WALLETS

These are other contaminated items, since they touch everywhere and may even be in direct contact with the floor, warns the expert.


Commute

COMMUTE TO WORK

The risk of getting sick is six times higher when riding on a subway train or bus compared to commuting by bicycle or car.


Public Transport

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

According to Charles Gerba, the secret to protect yourself against microorganisms is to use an antibacterial gel before and after touching objects that everyone else touches.


Phone

PHONE

Gerba says that one smartphone alone can have more than 100,000 bacteria. This is because such devices are in constant contact with our hands.


Elevators

ELEVATOR

The Washington Post revealed that elevators and door handles are some of the places with the most germs in the workplace.


Handles

HANDLES

Experts consider that door handles, which are touched by everyone and not cleaned very often, may contain viruses that can transmit influenza, respiratory diseases, and other infections.


Work Kitchen

WORK KITCHEN AREA

The microbiologist states that the sink and commonly used shared items, such as the kettle, the coffee machine, the tea, and the sugar box, are the most germ-filled items in an office.


Menus

MENU

Spanish scientist Miguel Angel Lopez said that anyone who eats at a restaurant is subject to bacteria and germs that accumulate on the menu. Menus are passed from hand to hand, fall on the floor all the time, and are stored in many different places. For this reason, menus can contain millions of microbes per sq cm.


Shopping Baskets

SHOPPING BASKETS AND CARTS

These objects are necessary to carry our shopping, but they are the most germ-filled in the supermarket. Dr. Charles Gerba said in another interview to the website Today that about 80% of the germs on a shopping cart are transmitted to our hands! Disinfect baskets and carts, when possible.


Fruit Aisle

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE AISLE

This is another critical area in the supermarket, because most people touch these foods with their hands and some even get them close to their noses to smell them, warns Charles Gerba.


Childs seats shopping cart

CHILDREN'S SEATS IN SHOPPING CARTS

Germ-filled children usually touch these seats with hands that have been in their mouths and noses.


Damaged Packages

DAMAGED PACKAGES

Damaged or torn packages should be avoided. The specialist says the risk of germs multiplying is greater in open packages. Be particularly wary of cans with any kind of dent and swollen packages. There may well already be a colony of germs and microbes living in them.


Touchscreens

TOUCHSCREENS

Supermarket food scales with touchscreens accumulate lots of microorganisms that can be harmful to health, warns Charles Gerba.


ATM

ATM

According to the doctor's recommendations on the website Today, germs and microbes also thrive on ATMs.


Keyboard

COMPUTER KEYBOARD

Before arriving at work you touch shared objects on public transport, money, doors, etc. All the bacteria from these objects is on your hands and will go straight to the keyboard. Always wash your hands when you arrive at work and clean your computer and desk often.


Remote

REMOTE

According to a study by the University of Virginia, the TV remote can accumulate a microorganism that causes colds. Eating in front of the TV is an easy way to catch it. Disinfect the control daily and wash your hands frequently.


Condiments

REMOTE

According to a study by the University of Virginia, the TV remote can accumulate a microorganism that causes colds. Eating in front of the TV is an easy way to catch it. Disinfect the control daily and wash your hands frequently.


Shower Curtain

SHOWER CURTAIN

Shower curtains should be washed periodically. Research from the University of San Diego showed that a thin layer of soap usually forms under the curtains after some time. Make no mistake: germs are piling up.


Toothbrush & Cup

TOOTHBRUSH AND CUPS

According to Maite Muniesa, from the University of Barcelona, ​​about 80% of toothbrushes analyzed in a study contained a multitude of microbes. Remember that we have hundreds of microorganisms in our mouths, which can be transferred to the toothbrush.


Cutting Boards

CUTTING BOARD

According to Muniesa, up to 20% of food infections happen inside our homes. The microorganisms that generate this type of problem are salmonella, e-coli, and campylobacter. Disinfect your cutting boards!


Toys

TOYS

We usually forget to clean these. A study at the University of Buffalo in the United States, has warned that dirty toys scattered around the house may contain bacteria that can cause pneumonia.


Floors

FLOOR

Remember the five-second rule? Forget about it! If you drop a piece of food on the floor, throw it away. Cleaning or blowing quickly on it does not help, even if the floor of your house is cleaned. Experts warn that bacteria act quickly when it comes to colonizing a dropped piece of food.


Fridge

FRIDGE

You may have mold or mildew on the rubber of the fridge door. These doors are difficult to clean because they have folds, making them susceptible to the accumulations of bacteria.


Kitchen Sink

KITCHEN SINK

A research led by Maite Muniesa at the University of Barcelona revealed that the kitchen sink contains 100,000 times more germs than the bathroom! These microorganisms pile up in dirty dishes.


Dishclothes

DISHCLOTHS

Dishcloths should be washed daily. The moist environment is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.


Toilets

CLEANING IS NOT DISINFECTING

Unsurprisingly, the bathroom is a place that accumulates lots of germs. According to Muniesa, cleaning the bathroom is not the same thing as disinfecting it.


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