What Has the Most Germs in a House?

atkins bookshelf triviaGerms are everywhere, lurking on surfaces that you touch, sit on, or handle. Throughout the day germs, which can live on a surface from two days to two weeks, simply migrate from one place to another. Fortunately, despite constant contact with germs, most people are just fine; Philip Tierno, author of The Secret Life of Germs, notes: “Of the 60,000 types of germs that people come in contact with on a daily basis … only about 1 to 2 percent are potentially dangerous to normal people with normal immunity.”

So what surface has the most germs in your home? Take a look at this eye-opening list (location, followed by number of germs found there):

Toilet seat: 70,000

Kitchen cutting board: 140,000

Laptop keyboard: 300,000

Bottom of shoes: 400,000

Kitchen sink: 500,000

Telephone: 500,000

The metal aeration screen in faucet: 1.1 million

Kitchen sponge: 14 million

A load of laundry, containing only underwear: 100 million

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For further reading: Germophobia by the Bathroom Readers Institute (2014)
http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/top-10-places-germs-can-make-you-sick
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ColdandFluNews/story?id=5727571&page=1

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