What are the most-germ-covered places in the home?

Lisa Marie Rosati
Herbal Medicine

Drum roll, please… The germiest item in your household is… ironically…the item used to keep things clean. You guessed it, kitchen sponges and dishrags. NSF International (an independent public health organization) conducted a study and discovered that the kitchen sponge was by far, the germiest!  Believe it or not it harbored 150 times more bacteria, mold and yeast than a toothbrush holder. 77 percent harbored coliform bacteria, and another 86 percent contained yeast and mold. Even scarier, 18 percent contained staph bacteria staph germs like those that can cause dangerous MRSA infections (yikes!!!). Some of other germs that were found on a kitchen sponge were Salmonella and E.coli which could make you sick however, the good news is that most of the “stuff” found living and breeding in your kitchen sponge will not. (whew!)

3 CAAL Sponge Cleaning Tip: Microwave your wet sponges once a day for two minutes, and replace it every two weeks. If you use a rag, toss it in a hot washing cycle every day or two.

Are you ready for the Top 10 germiest items in your home? Here we go:

  1. Cutting Boards
  2. Stove Knobs
  3. Kitchen Counters
  4. Pet Toys
  5. Faucet Handles
  6. Coffee Makers
  7. Pet Bowls
  8. Toothbrush Holders
  9. Kitchen Sink
  10. Kitchen Sponge/Rags

You might be surprised. Most people would say the toilet, but the toilet seat is not even the dirtiest place in the bathroom. That disputable honor goes to the toilet-paper dispenser, which research has found contains about 150 times the bacteria as the toilet seat, which contains about 344 bacteria per square inch. The next-filthiest spot for germs? The paper-towel dispenser, with about 50 times more germs than the toilet seat. The kitchen counter and kitchen floor are fairly disconcerting. In fact, one study found that the kitchen floor in front of the sink has more bacteria than the trash can, and the dishwashing sponge holds 60 times more bacteria than a pet's food bowl. Carpets are dicey because of their contact with feet and shoes. One research group found that because of time spent outdoors, about 93 percent of shoes tested have fecal bacteria on the soles. But the worst offender in the home is a small appliance: the cell phone, which carries about 25,000 germs per square inch. One random test of 25 mobile phones found staph bacteria on half of them.

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