If you think that the dirtiest place in home is your toilet seat, think again. There are far filthier places in the than the toilet seat, which has acquired an unfair reputation as the dirtiest item in the average household, researchers say.
Researchers from the University of Arizona, studied how diseases are transferred through the environment. This involves swabbing household items and measuring how many bacteria develop.
They particularly looked for faecal bacteria such as E.coli and staphylococcus aureus, and their studies have found that on the average toilet seat there are 50 bacteria per square inch and is now regularly used as a unit of dirt.
Your mobile phone is as dirty as a toilet seat. On the average mobile phone there are 50 bacteria per square inch.
Computer keyboards contain up to five times more germs than a toilet seat. Keyboards can carry more than 200 times as many bacteria as a toilet seat.
Toilet seats are one of the cleanest things you’ll run across in terms of micro-organisms. There are not many things cleaner than a toilet seat when it comes to germs. We should be more worried about other household items than the toilet seat.
Usually there are about 200 times more faecal bacteria on the average cutting board than on a toilet seat. In the kitchen it doesn’t necessarily get there through actual contact with faeces, but it comes via raw meat products or the viscera from inside of the animal, where a lot of the faecal bacteria originate. You might treat your cutting board a bit more like you do your toilet seat.
However, the filthiest culprit in homes is the kitchen sponge or cloth. There are about 10 million bacteria per square inch on a sponge, and a million on a dishcloth. In other words, a kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, and a dishcloth is 20,000 times dirtier.
Always the dirtiest thing by far is the kitchen sponge.