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Can You Guess the Top Five Dirtiest Items in Your Home?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The top five dirtiest items in your home include your kitchen sponge, cellphone, remote controls, kitchen sink and chopping boards, each of which carry more bacteria than your toilet seat
  • The kitchen sponge has the most bacteria of any item in your home; consider disinfecting your sponge daily, replacing it each week and reserving use only for your dishes and not your child’s face, the floor or cleaning the sink drain
  • Consider where you take your cellphone, including the bathroom; wash your hands frequently and disinfect your phone once a week or anytime it has been dropped on a floor or comes in contact with someone who is sick, to reduce the spread of bacteria
  • Keep your family safe by disinfecting items using white vinegar, essential oils, isopropyl alcohol and baking soda in a way that will not damage the items

Comparatively speaking, your toilet seat is actually quite clean. Best Life went on a deep dive to discover the dirtiest areas in your home where bacteria may be lurking. These surfaces are likely touched each day without a second thought. Some are just teeming with bacteria.

After years of being warned about the spread of the common cold on door handles, you may have guessed they are included in a list of the top 10 items. However, door handles, computer keyboards and your pet's bowls don't make the top five list of items with the most bacteria in your home.


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