Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered that a cutting board has an average of 200 times more faecal bacteria than a toilet seat. The big culprit: raw meat, because a lot of fecal bacteria come from the internal organs of animals. When was the last chicken breast that you diced? The tiny grooves your knife has made in the board are the place of choice for microbes.
Cleaning : Wash plastic cutting boards with water and liquid dish detergent, then soak them in a solution of 1 tsp. coffee bleach for 2 L of water. Do the same for wooden boards, but using 1 tbsp. of bleach for 2 L of water. Do not soak all night.
Bowl of your pet
One of the dirtiest surfaces of the house could be its croquette dish. If your dog licks a toilet seat, his tongue will pick up 295 bacteria per square inch. But if he licks the dirty inner edge of his food bowl, he gobbles up 2,110 bacteria per square inch. Do you know a dog that only licks a square inch of surface?
Cleaning : To keep your pets healthy, wash their bowl after each meal with hot water and soap, or mix equal parts of baking soda, hot water and salt and scrub the surface in circles. before rinsing. If you do not, the bacteria will multiply on your dog’s drool residue and pieces of food, a bit like you’re using the same fork every day without washing it.
A load of undergarments will transfer at least 100 million E. coli bacteria – the bacteria that causes diarrhea – to the washing machine, which becomes fertile ground to contaminate other clothes. With a front-loading machine, it’s worse: the water stagnates at the bottom, creating the moist environment favorable to germs. Your toilet seat, on the other hand, is too dry to support a large bacterial population.
Cleaning : Disinfect your machine by starting your washings with a load of whites with bleach, or clean it with bleach at least once a month (pour 2 cups of bleach into the compartment detergent and run empty on the hottest cycle before wiping clean, then leave the door open).
To prevent the spread of bacteria, wash the underwear separately in warm water with a non-chlorinated product that does not damage the colors.
Smartphone or tablet
In a 2013 study, British researchers rubbed 30 tablets, 30 smart phones and one office toilet seat with a cotton swab. The tablet cotton swab had up to 600 units of staph (which can cause stomach upset) and telephones up to 140 units. The typical toilet seat had less than 20 units.
Another uninspiring detail: in a survey in 2011, 75% of Americans said they used their cell phones while they were on the toilet to text, send emails and call. These were not just teenagers – 91% of Generation Y respondents had used their phone in the bathroom, as did 80% of Generation X and 65% of Baby Boomers.
Cleaning : Decrease your exposure to microbes by cleaning your electronic screens with screen wipes or a soft damp cloth, but most importantly leave them outside the bathroom.
Fun fact: Bacteria love dead skin cells. Considering that an average person emits 1.5 million dead cells every hour, this turns your carpet into a refined dining experience when you add food particles, animal dander, pollen and more. About 200,000 bacteria live in each square inch of carpet (nearly 700 times more than on your toilet seat), including colibacillus, salmonella and staphylococcus.
Cleaning : As your vacuum cleaner can not reach the bottom of the carpet, call a company to clean it thoroughly at least once a year.
Your bathroom faucet handle can have 21 times more bacteria than your toilet seat. Worse still, your kitchen faucet handles can harbor 44 times more bacteria than the toilet seat.
Cleaning : Disinfect and clean them regularly with the sink and sink to ensure that when you wash your hands, they do not become dirtier.
Clicking on your computer keys between bites during lunchtime can put you in touch with germs (hopefully this is not a virus!). When British researchers rubbed 33 keyboards with a cotton swab in an office in London, they discovered that keyboards contained up to five times the number of germs in a toilet seat. In 2007, an outbreak of intestinal flu in a Washington DC primary school hit more than 100 people and spread through dirty computer equipment, such as keyboards, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
Cleaning : Wash your hands and clean these surfaces often.