Most people think of public toilet seats as being filthy. Nearly 50% of Americans will not sit directly on a public toilet seat.
You may be surprised to learn that public toilet seats are far less dirty than many other objects found in your home, office and even your own body.
The following are 7 everyday objects that are dirtier than a toilet seat:
Faucets – There are over 300 types of germs found on the handles of faucets in the office.
Soap and Paper towel - Refillable dispensers are often contaminated when being replaced.
Hand Blower – The hand blower machines take in air from the restroom and blow airborne bacteria directly onto your hands. The bacteria levels around hand dryers are 27 times higher than those found around paper towel dispensers.
Money – When handling money you come into contact with mainly two things: germs from everyone that previously handled it and narcotics. A study in Trends in Analytical Chemistry found that American money contains the highest traces of cocaine than any other currency tested from around the world. This is partly due to money being extremely absorbent. Unfortunately, your wallet does not help in preventing the transfer of germs because they are usually kept in pockets next to your warm body that act as ideal incubators.
Computer Keyboard – The average office keyboard has 3,295 germs per square inch! This is usually due to keyboards not being cleaned as frequently as other office objects.
Phone – There are nearly 10 times more germs on your mobile device than on a toilet seat.
Mouth – The mouth is a pretty dirty place due to being warm, wet and in direct contact with the outside world when it is open. There are nearly 500-600 different species of bacteria found in the human mouth. Bad habits increase these numbers such as biting your nails or pens.
Washing of hands is the best way to combat our high exposure to germs. The CDC estimates that regular hand washing with soap and water could reduce deaths from diarrheal illnesses by 50%. The most effective method of washing your hands is with lots of soap and warm water for around 20-30 seconds.
So the next time you contemplate hovering or making toilet paper mounds on public toilet seats, you can ease your mind a little. Toilet seats expose you to far less germs than many other objects that you come into contact with on a daily basis. It’s safe to say that sitting on a public toilet is far less risky than many other daily routines.
Sources: ABCnews.go.com, BBC.com, Examiner.com, NBCnews.com, RDHmag.com, SheKnows.com, WebMD.com