According to research, employees miss 50 million days of work every year because they become sick because of germs and bacterias. “What’s dirtier than your toilet seat? Your kitchen” says Dr. Reginald Nguyen, a family medicine doctor with Memorial Hermann Medical Group Sugar Land Primary Care. In this blog, we have listed things that are dirtier than we expected.
Your cellphone goes with you everywhere you go. Reach says a cell phone can be 10 times dirtier than your toilet seat and a cellphone may carry bacteria that can cause diarrhea.
Dish Sponges or Rags
According to time.com, In a 2017 study published in Scientific Reports, German researchers did a germ-analysis of kitchen sponges with some startling results. There were 362 different kinds of bacteria lurking in the crevices of sponges they collected from ordinary homes, in astounding numbers — up to 45 billion per square centimeter.(That’s about the same amount found in the average human stool sample.) Considering the size of a typical dish sponge, that’s nearly 5.5 trillion microscopic bugs crawling around on the thing you use to “clean” your dishes.
Our toothbrush kills germs and bacteria on our mouth but when water drips from the toothbrush to the holder it builds dirt that insects love to linger on. Toothbrush holders can be run on dishwashing machines. It should be cleaned to prevent the spread of bacteria.
“We spend lots of time in our beds,” Dr. Nguyen says. “You shower yourself and clean your clothes daily or almost daily. But we forget bedding, which can get moist when we sweat.”
To maintain cleanliness, change your sheets at least weekly.
You’ve probably heard a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. Doubtful. It isn’t that Fido has fewer germs, they just have different ones. Every time they slobber on Mr. Squeaky, they don’t just transfer bacteria, they create a sticky wet place for other germs to thrive. There’s no telling what their plaything picks up as they drag it around. Clean rubber toys by hand or in the dishwasher (top shelf only). Toss fabric ones into the wash. Source:WebMd.com
Dr. Nguyen said “This is the second-highest breeding ground for e.coli, salmonella, and other germs that lead to gastrointestinal ailments. It’s where you rinse fruit and dishes, prepare raw meat and dispose of eggshells and other bacteria factories.
To handle this, clean sinks before and after each use—and dry them every time.
The next thing to do after you touch these items is to wash your hands or use alcohol to kill the germs and bacteria left in your hand.