Some of the Filthiest places in your home might surprise you, like….. Poop on your…TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!!

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Here are our top dirtiest places that you will find in your home. There are plenty more, but these are eye-opening. It will make you think twice about putting your phone down near a toilet or putting your toothbrush in your mouth.

Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink can have more germs than your toilet! The next time you drop a piece of food and then pick it up and eat it, you might want to think twice. Everyone pours their drinks out in the sink, the dog water bowl gets emptied, dirty dishes get rinsed off and raw meat is washed off …do you get where we are coming from? There is more E-coli in your sink than in a flushed toilet, according to Eileen Abruzzo, Director of Infection Control at Long Island Hospital in New York. This is because people take measures to disinfect their toilet, but not their kitchen sink. The kitchen sink is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Just rinsing a sink does not kill deadly bacteria that is left behind to grow and multiply. The faucet also has bacteria all over it. After you disinfect your sink, keep it as dry as possible, as bacterial grows in damp places.

Cell Phone

Your cell phone can have 10 times the amount of germs that a toilet seat could have! Every square inch of your phone carries at least 25,000 germs. Dr. Charles Greba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, says that cell phones are hardly ever cleaned and that this is something you put by your face. A surprising 94.5% of phones carry bacteria. Sharing phones is a big, no-no as now you are spreading the germs. E-coli has been found on many cell phones, which is found in poop and can cause serious illness and even death. It contaminates the phone when someone uses the bathroom and does not wash their hands or it can come from the flume of spray from a flushed toilet…are you grossed out yet??? Do not use your phone in the bathroom. Don’t leave it on a bathroom floor and sanitize it as often as possible.

Toothbrush

Does your tooth brush have…poop on it? Yes, poop and urine…shocking, isn’t it? Have you ever visited someone and noticed that they leave their toothbrush on the back of the toilet in their small bathroom…YUCK! A study that was done at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut found that 60% of the toothbrushes in a communal bathroom tested positive for fecal coliform bacteria! A study at New York University that was done by microbiologist, Philip Tierno, said that the aerosol plumes from a toilet can reach up to 15 feet! Furthermore, Leeds University in England also found that the germs can last in the air for up to 90 minutes! That means that droplets of poop and urine are living on your toothbrush…YUCK! Close the lid on the toilet before you flush and wash your hands.

Toothbrush covers stop the toothbrush from drying out and therefore cause more bacteria growth. Keep you brush stored upright and in the open air so it can completely dry out in-between each use. Rinse your brush off really well after each use and store as far away from your toilet as you can. Replace your brush every 3 months and don’t forget to put the toothbrush holder in the dishwasher at least twice a week.

Pet Food & Water Bowls

How often do you wash your pets’ feeding and water bowls? Did you know that 45% have mold and yeast and 18% have coliform bacteria. Salmonella and e-coli are commonly found in these bowels and can seriously make you and your pet very ill. When you pick up the water bowl, does it have a slimy feel? That is called Biofilm. It is made up of all types of bacteria. Not only should the bowls be disinfected, but also the mat it sits on. Pet food bowls should be washed in your dishwasher every day. Don’t forget pet toys. They should be scrubbed with warm, soapy water and soft toys thrown in the washing mashing as they too harbor lots of bacteria.

Kitchen Sponge

The award for the filthiest place in your house is…the kitchen sponge and dish rag! According to the british newspaper the
Daily Mail, the average kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! They go on to say that it could even lead to
paralysis! 77% of kitchen sponges have harbored coliform bacteria with 86% containing yeast and mold.

Most of us assume that the toilet seat is one of the dirtiest places in the home, but according to Dr. Charles Gerba, a toilet seat is one of the cleanest things you will come across in terms of microorganisms. Surprisingly, Gerba says that we should be
more worried about the kitchen sponge as it is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The mixture of warm water, foods
and other items make the kitchen sponge the award winner of household germs.

Professor Hugh Pennington, a leading microbiologist, says that germs from chicken can carry a bacteria called campylobacter, which can cause paralysis and this can be found in your kitchen sponge! This is the largest contributor to foodborne illness in America. Over 1.3 million people are affected by it every year. How to clean: put your wet sponge (never dry) in your microwave on high for two minutes, every day – this will kill 99% of the bacteria. The sponge will be boiling hot so leave it in the microwave for a few minutes to cool down. Replace your sponge every other week.

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