We often use hand sanitizers after visiting a public toilet as we fear infection. That fear is justified, but do you know about various other things that can actually be more dangerous? Read here to find 10 things we touch everyday, that are dirtier than a toilet seat.
Toothbrushes: Surprised? Well, don't be. After a toilet flush, bacteria can travel up to 6 feet and linger in the air for up to 2 hours and hence, land up on toothbrushes.
Kitchen wipes and sponges: They have 10 million bacteria per square inch and are known to be 2,00,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. They can affect health severely.
Chopping boards: Boards used to chop raw meat have truckload of faecal bacteria, need not be told how harmful they can be. Average chopping boards have 200 times more faecal bacteria than a toilet seat.
Carpets: Carpets are known to have 2,00,000 bacteria per square inch and are 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat.
Ice: A study conducted in various American restaurants revealed that the ice it served had more bacteria than the restaurant's toilet water.
Restroom floors: With the number of people walking in with their dirty shoes, the number of bacteria on the floor is bound to be more than that on a toilet seat. Public restrooms are known have up to 1.5 to 2 million bacteria per square inch, whereas an average toilet seat houses only 50.
Restaurant menus: Menu cards are often the least cleaned items and hence have a huge number of bacteria on them. When compared to a toilet seat they have 10 times more bacteria, that may or may not be harmful.
Office desks: Shocked? Is that where you spend most of your day? A study conducted revealed that office desks have 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat and influenza viruses are most common on office desks.
Cell phones: Mobile phones are known to have 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Cleaning it regularly is important because the chances of infection is high as the mouth is exposed to these bacteria.
Keyboards: Clean your keyboard now! It is quite likely that you have never cleaned it. They are known to carry over 200 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.