25 Things with More Bacteria than a Toilet

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With what they were made to dispose of, it is no wonder that toilets are considered the dirtiest, most disgusting things we have daily contact with

25. Ice at Restaurants

25. Ice at Restaurants

A group of scientists found that ice dispensed at 70% of the fast food restaurants in the U.S. have a higher bacterial presence than the average household’s toilet water.

24. Bathroom floors

24. Bathroom floors

While an average toilet contains 50 bacteria per square inch, public bathrooms have over 2 million. Think twice before applying the 5-second rule at a public restroom.

23. Your desk

23. Your desk

While it may seem like a cleaner area of the home or office, desks have actually been shown to have over 400 times the number of bacteria that live on your toilet!

22. Your Keyboard

22. Your Keyboard

With how dirty our hands can get, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that keyboards get dirty too…but did you know that keyboards have over 200 times the bacteria that are on your toilet?

21. You Cell Phone

21. You Cell Phone

Imagine putting your face on your toilet seat. Now think about the fact that your cell phone, in constant contact with your face, may have 10 times more bacteria than your toilet seat.

20. A Restaurant Menu

20. A Restaurant Menu

While it may not appear to be on the menu, it really is. Menus have 100 times more bacteria than your toilet.

19. Cutting Boards

19. Cutting Boards

Because raw meat has high levels of fecal content, your cutting board gets much dirtier than your toilet every time you cut meat on it.

18. Your Toothbrush

18. Your Toothbrush

When you flush your toilet, it shoots bacteria over 6 feet away, and these bacteria can end up on your toothbrush. To prevent toilet bacteria from getting on your toothbrush, flush with the lid down!

17. Your Carpet

17. Your Carpet

Carpets have been shown to contain 200,000 bacteria per square inch. This means that bacteria populations on your carpet are 4,000 times denser than those on your toilet seat.

16. Your Fridge

16. Your Fridge

Believe it or not, most refrigerators test positive for E coli, making them dirtier, if not more dangerous, than your toilet!

15. Reusable Grocery Bags

15. Reusable Grocery Bags

The more groceries you carry in them, the dirtier they get. They have a higher bacteria count than your toilet seat if you use them too much without washing them.

14. Your Television Remote

14. Your Television Remote

Because of how much we touch them, remotes often accumulate bacteria to the point that they become dirtier than almost any other household item.

13. Your Door Knobs

13. Your Door Knobs

Constant touching will saturate your door knobs with bacteria. They often average higher bacteria counts than your toilet does.

12. Your Light Switches

12. Your Light Switches

Whether or not it saves electricity to leave a light on when you leave a room, light switches accumulate bacteria as you touch them. Without cleaning they can end up dirtier than your toilet.

11. Your Kitchen Sink

11. Your Kitchen Sink

A special report from TODAY showcased the fact that without proper cleaning and attention, your kitchen sink becomes much more saturated with bacteria than your bathroom.

10. Your Bathtub

10. Your Bathtub

Next time you plan to have a hot bath, consider the fact that bathtubs have been shown to have almost 20,000 bacteria per square inch.

9. Your Pillow

9. Your Pillow

While you sleep, skin cells fall onto your pillow and grease from your face makes it a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other small insects.

8. Your Mattress

8. Your Mattress

Though protected from most things by layers of sheets and blankets, your mattress slowly accumulates dust mites and other insects that leave feces and bacteria. One statistic shows that after 10 years, your mattress can actually double in weight from all of these insects and their waste matter!

7. Fido’s food and water bowls

7. Fido’s food and water bowls

Because these don’t get washed as much as the dishes we eat off of, they accumulate lots of bacteria, up to 2,000 bacteria per square inch!

6. Cash

6. Cash

That cash you just withdrew from the bank, even if it is a clean, crisp bill, is loaded with bacteria. Not as much as the old, limp bills (which can have as many as 200,000 bacteria per square inch) but they still have a higher bacteria count than your toilet!

5. Drapes

5. Drapes

While drapes provide a nice aesthetic touch to any room and can help with indoor climate-control, they also tend to accumulate bacteria from all of the dust and hair they collect.

4. Your Showerhead

4. Your Showerhead

While we equate showers with cleanliness, showerheads actually provide a perfect moist, dark environment for bacterial growth.

3. Your Purse

3. Your Purse

Because of how much we handle them, and what we put inside them, our purses accumulate bacteria faster than most of our other accessories. Think about it, when was the last time you washed your purse?

2. Wallet

2. Wallet

Another item that we constantly touch but never clean, wallets accumulate bacteria just like purses, light switches, and door knobs…not to mention that they hold the second dirtiest thing on our list—cash!

1. Kitchen Sponges

1. Kitchen Sponges

The kitchen sponge has become synonymous with filth, and rightfully so. It has a bacteria count of 10 million bacteria per square inch, making it 250,000 times dirtier than your toilet!

25 Things with More Bacteria than a Toilet