7 Surprisingly Dirty Things You Touch Every Day
One of the best ways to stop the spread of disease is to wash your hands with soap and water. However, washing your hands is not always possible. Moreover, even if you’ve already washed your hands, you may end up inadvertently touching something contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms soon after. That’s why it’s important to invest in antimicrobial hand protectors like Ghluv so you can enjoy improved protection against all the bacteria and viruses that are lurking in everyday objects and surfaces.
And examples of these seemingly innocuous articles and objects abound. Below is a quick list of surprisingly dirty things and surfaces that you touch daily. You may want to double up your precautions when using them!
Your Own Smartphone or Tablet
According to a 2018 study, smartphones and tablets can be at least six times dirtier than toilet seats. If you use your phone while using the toilet (to read the news, perhaps?), it might even end up carrying additional microscopic traces of urine, feces, and other microbes. It’s best to periodically clean your smartphones and tablets with disinfectant wipes. You may also use a microfiber cloth that’s dampened with a 70% alcohol. And for your own safety, refrain from bringing your phone with you to the bathroom.
Hundreds or potentially even thousands of people touch an automated teller machine or ATM every day, and not all of these people wash their hands before doing so. In short, you can pick up all sorts of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms from the keys or the touch screen. Worse, the money from an ATM is also likely littered with pathogens. Make sure to wash your hands right after using an ATM. Even better, get an anti-microbial hand protector with the capability to render bacteria and viruses inactive.
Your Computer Keyboard
Let’s face it: you probably eat while you work on your desktop or laptop. Obviously, your own hands are on those keyboards for about 8 hours each day, and those hands will be touching a lot of other things in between. When you bring your laptop home and you have children in your house, those kids might also touch the keys of your computer and type at random. And if you have a pet dog or cat, it’s also likely that they will be pawing at your hands (and your keyboard) to make you pay attention to them. The result: all sorts of grime and microscopic health threats end up getting on your computer. As such—as with your smartphone—make sure to periodically clean your computer keyboard. While you’re at it, wipe down the screen as well.
The Shared Items in Your Office Breakroom
Almost everything in your office breakroom is teeming with germs. The microwave buttons and door handle, the refrigerator handle, the coffee maker, the vending machine, and the tables. All of these can be harboring viruses and bacteria that can make you and your colleagues sick. Make it a habit to wash your hands after touching these items and surfaces.
Bathroom faucet handles have been found to have 20 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. The kitchen faucet is much worse, as it can have more than 40 times the microbes. The problem, again, is that not everybody who touches these also wash their hands properly. Don’t be among them! Wash your hands after using the toilet, before and after handling food, and before and after cooking.
Door Knobs and Light Switches
If bathroom faucet handles are laden with bacteria and viruses, then you can expect the same with door knobs and handles. In fact, all door knobs, light switches, keypads, and other high-touch surfaces share the same fate. Don’t forget to disinfect them with disinfectant wipes or a cloth spritzed on with some disinfectant. If you’re in public and have no time to clean, wear antimicrobial hand protectors to be safe.
Did you know that shopping cart handles and seats have a high concentration of diarrhea-causing E. coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter? So go ahead and wipe that shopping cart before using it. It’s for your own safety and peace of mind while shopping.
What it all comes down to is that you never know just how clean or dirty something is just by looking at it. While washing your hands is still the best form of protection against and prevention of disease, there’s no harm in getting an extra layer of defense. Most of all, be more mindful of your personal hygiene. It’s still better to be safe than sorry, after all.