Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all become much more aware of how many germs are lurking in the world around us and the need to keep our hands and our surroundings clean. So, while you may have cleaned doorknobs and counters, there may be some items that you didn’t think were harboring huge quantities of germs. A survey by U.K. retailer Tap Warehouse worked with Amanda Jones, BSc, of Northumbria University, to determine the grossest items in the average home. For the study, the researchers swabbed 30 common household items, then allowed five days of bacterial growth to develop to give a clear picture of the dirtiest items. Which item came in the first place? Your laptop or computer keyboard.
But other household objects also yielded worrying results. Here are the other items in your home that need extra attention, according to the study’s findings. The second item on the list – your TV remote. Being used repeatedly throughout the day and handled by multiple people, the TV remote is particularly susceptible to harboring bacteria. And, if you eat while watching TV, the rate increases. To get yours clean, use alcohol wipes on your electronics, as they leave behind little liquid residue, which can damage the device in large quantities.
The next item on the list is our smartphone. It is a well-known fact that our smartphone is a source of high levels of contaminants. Factor in its proximity to your mouth and nose during use and the amount of time it spends in warm environments, like your pocket, or in dirty environments, such as the restroom, and the risks are clear. The item that followed was the bathroom and kitchen faucets.
The warmth and humidity of the bathroom make this spot a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The presence of the toilet in the room compounds the issue, with people touching the faucet before washing their hands and the plumes from flushing spreading contaminated material. As a result, bathroom faucets are often the most contaminated area in the room. While abrasive cleaners are not necessary (and may damage the metal), a daily clean with warm soapy water is advised. Similar issues apply to your kitchen faucet due to the frequency of use and the number of people touching it, but also the contaminants from raw food. Clean the faucets at least once a day with warm soapy water to remove any residual bacteria. Please be safe and careful and take care of yourself. Make sure to clean the items mentioned above regularly to avoid contamination of any kind.