People don't realize how much bacteria we encounter every single day doing simple things. Bacteria is literally everywhere, which is why it's highly recommended to carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you everyday or at least wash your hands various times throughout the day. What we encounter and where we encounter it can also lead to bacterial infections as well. Don't believe me? Well here's a list of 5 dirty things we touch every day.
1. Door Knob
Do you know how many people touch the door knobs in public areas?!
According to goodearthproducts.net , 1 out of 3 people do not wash their hands after using the public toilet. Microorganisms can thrive on door knobs of public toilets due to unhygienic practices. Then once a person touches that door knob, the next door knob they encounter is now infected. There’s also the risk of contracting diseases like H1N1, Hepatitis A, Influenza, and Meningitis from touching door knobs.
It's actually statistically proven that ATMs or computer keyboards are dirtier than restroom door knobs. For the simple fact that not everyone washes their hands after using the restroom is the reason why. BioCote found that bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other sicknesses and also found on toilets were found on ATMs .
Ok people. You HAVE clean your bathtub out often, at least once a week because there is bacteria in the drain of your bathtub from bathing previously. According to brightnest.com, there are about 200,000 bacteria per square inch in your tub. And bathtubs rarely dry out completely so it's basically a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause Staph infections, pneuomonia, septicimia, and urinary tract infections.
So whenever you decide to take a bath or just soak, scrub some bleach on your tub before you run your water!
4. Gas Pump
If only you knew how contaminated gas pumps at the gas stations really are. We don't even notice it. We just pump and go or sometimes we even buy snacks while pumping gas, mainly finger foods, which is where we start to take in some of that bacteria we encounter. Eating a bag of chips after touching a gas pump is almost like licking the hands of every person who has touched it before you.
Gas pumps are one of the dirtiest places that we regularly stick our hands in with a 71 percentage of contamination connected to high-risk illness.
Of all things we love, money has to be one of the dirtiest things we encounter on a regular basis. Think about it, money changes hands rapidly everyday. Some people lick their fingers when they count money, some use bills to snort coke and again some people don't wash their hands before handling money, and some people put money in their mouth.
Bottom line, money is disgusting. According to Time.com, fecal matter and pathogens is found on money. Paper money can also carry more germs than a household toilet and bills can reportedly transport a live flu virus for up to 17 days.
The list goes on! Elevator buttons, escalators, cell phones, public swimming pools, and far more many other things and places are so unsanitary. So my advice to you is, wash your hands as often as you can, use hand sanitizer as often as you can. Don't touch your face or mouth or any foods if you have handled any of the following items until after you have washed your hands. And keep a bottle of Pinesol and Ammonia under your bathroom cabinet... but actually use it to clean, theyre not collectables.