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7 Bacteria-Ridden Spots That You Touch Every Day

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11.13.15

Do you know what coliform is? It’s a family of bacteria that includes E. coli and Salmonella. Why should you care? Because it’s probably all over your toothbrush holder. 

It’s true! According to The Public Health and Safety Organization, your toothbrush holder is one of the germiest places in your home. So, when’s the last time you cleaned it?

Sometimes, the dirtiest spots in our homes are skipped during cleaning duty. Here are seven germtastic examples:

1. Toothbrush Holder

Like I said, Salmonella and E. coli breed in toothbrush holders. Set a weekly reminder in your phone to run your toothbrush holder through the dishwasher. Simple as that!

2. Toilet Handles

Something tells me you don’t wash your hands before you flush the toilet. Honestly, it would be kind of weird if you did. The problem is that all of the bacteria that may or may not be on your hands ends up on the toilet handle. The next time you're cleaning the toilet bowl, be sure to hit the handle with disinfectant, too.

3. Door Knobs

Vocab word of the day: Campylobacter. Campylobacter is a form of bacteria that causes severe diarrhea, fever and cramping and – you guessed it – is commonly transferred through door knobs.

CAMPYL-NO-THANK-YOU. Disinfect your doorknobs every week or two.

4. Fridge Handle

The average fridge handle is five times filthier than a toilet seat! It's the magnet for everything greasy that happens in your kitchen as you reach for ingredients while cooking or eating.

Next time you clean the inside of your fridge, give the outside a once-over, too.

5. TV Remote

The TV remote is your best friend when you’re sick, lounging around, eating popcorn or watching a movie. But, all of that activity leads to a remote that's covered with germs, and they aren’t going anywhere until you wipe them away!

6. Keyboard

Ever enjoyed your lunch while working at your desk? What seems like a productive habit is actually a really germy one.

If you touch your keyboard everyday, it’s going to become a petri dish for bacteria. That’s a fact. Clean that sucker with rubbing alcohol, stat!

7. Light Switches

With 217 bacteria particles per square inch, your light switch can officially be classified as filthy. When you’re wiping off the counters, make a point to hit the switches, too.

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