The filthiest surfaces you touch every day


Gas pumps are filthy. Super filthy. In fact they are the filthiest surface of the hundreds of common surfaces tested by researchers at Kimberly-Clark Professional, a unit of personal hygiene giant Kimberly-Clark Corp.

The poor hygienists at Kimberly-Clark were tasked with swabbing surfaces all over common areas in our communities to find the filthiest, germ-ridden surfaces Americans face from home to work on an average day. So what surfaces are the worst for breeding bacteria and germs?

The aforementioned gas pump was the grossest. Next up were handles on public mailboxes, escalator rails and ATM machines. After that, parking meters and kiosks, crosswalk buttons and buttons for crosswalk lights and buttons on vending machines bring up the next really filthy group.

“It comes down to the fact that nobody cleans the things that you’re going to touch on a daily basis,” said Dr. Kelly Arehart, program leader of Kimberly-Clark’s Healthy Workplace Project. And to think I use to laugh at those people who use bleach wipes at grocery stores and Laundromats.

The swabs they used detected the nasty stuff: presence of animal, vegetable, bacteria, yeast or mold cells. The high levels the researchers found suggest that these surfaces are fully capable of breeding disease and passing it on. The cities they visited were Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia.

And how about this – germs can stay on the hands up to seven touches before finally transferring. So if you think a quick wipe off on the leg of your pants is going to help you are wrong. Wash with soap. ASAP.

Source: Reuters


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