Warning! 5 Germ-Filled Items We Touch Everyday
We live in a germy world! Every day, without even realizing it, you encounter hundreds of different types of bacteria on everyday objects. While you may be thinking your toilet or kitchen sink is where most of the germs are lurking, you will be pleasantly surprised by our list of germ-filled items. So, if you’re wondering where the most germs are found in your house, the cleaning experts at Berk International are sharing 5 germ-filled items we touch every day!
Sponges and Dishcloths
You’d never guess that something you use to clean your home is infested with bacteria. Actually, some studies suggest that your kitchen sponge is filled with as many as 10 million bacteria per square inch! This clocks in at about 200,000 times more germs than your toilet seat. Another study showed that your dishcloth is just as bad, harboring all sorts of germs, like E. coli and Salmonella. To ditch the germs for good, swap out your sponges regularly and toss your kitchen towels into the washing machine often.
You probably didn’t suspect this one either, but your pillow is another culprit where the most germs are found in your house. Over time, dead skin cells, body oils, dust, and other forms of debris build up on your pillow, making it one of the dirtiest items in your living space. One study even found that about a third of your pillows total weight is attributed to dead skin, dust mites, and bugs! To catch some z’s peacefully and germ-free, be sure to wash your pillowcase regularly and get a new pillow every couple of months.
Put down that germ-filled phone! Your cell phone is one of the most germ-infested items in your possession. Think about how often—and where—you use your phone and then it’s not so surprising. Researchers have found all sorts of bacteria on your phone's screen including Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause a slew of health issues like pneumonia and food poisoning. The next time you go to make a call, consider wiping down your screen with a disinfectant to keep germs at bay.
Another kitchen essential, your cutting boards are carrying large amounts of dangerous bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. While you wash your cutting board after every use, you may not be aware that your sharp knife cuts tiny grooves into the surface, creating small crevices for bacteria to hide. If your cutting board is looking old and worn, it’s time to replace it ASAP.
Knowing how much bacteria is on this everyday object will make your skin crawl. Scientists have detected everything from mold, bacteria, and Staphylococcus aureus on your remote and it gets much worse when you travel. Hotel room remotes have shown an average of 67.6 units of bacteria per cubic centimeter! Try wiping down your remotes often with a disinfectant to kill germs.
In order to keep these germ-filled items as clean as possible, we recommend disinfecting and sanitizing them frequently along with regular handwashing. At Berk International, we make it easy to keep you and your space clean from most germ-infested items in your home with our large variety of wiping solutions. For more information or to stock up on all your cleaning essentials, contact us today.