What are the germiest objects?

What are the Germiest Objects? | The Top 5 Germiest Personal Items We Handle Daily

Did you know that the germiest things you handle every day can be home to over 340 different types of bacteria? Here's what you need to know about the personal items that could potentially make you sick, and how to protect yourself from these common household germs.

Cellphones

Let's be honest: We're constantly on our mobiles. Whether it's checking emails or social media, or making a quick phone call, our phones are always close at hand. However, here are some facts that'll make you think twice about being so attached to your phone:

  • 1 in 6 cellphones is contaminated with faecal matter.
  • They're dirtier than doorknobs and toilet seats.
  • Germs on you phone can include E. coli and even MRSA, a difficult-to-treat super bug.

The good news is it's easy to clean your phone. You can use Lysol wipes or a microfibre cloth with rubbing alcohol.

Keys

Your house, car and office keys go everywhere with you, but when was the last time you cleaned them? Germs on your hands can easily transfer to your keys and vice versa, making them a breeding ground for harmful — and even deadly — bacteria.

Wipe down your keys with disinfectant and always wash your hands after using them. When you're out and about, you can always use hand sanitiser to give your keys — and hands — a quick clean. 

Wallet and Money

Cash is, quite literally, crawling with germs. Germs found on cash include:

  • E. coli
  • Salmonella
  • Yeast
  • MRSA
  • Bugs causing pneumonia and other serious illnesses (including coronavirus, or COVID-19)

Wallets aren't much cleaner, because that's where you store cash, and it's something you touch numerous times throughout the day. Our advice? Switch to cashless payments wherever and whenever possible, and give your wallet a pat down with sanitiser or soap and water. After handling cash, always wash your hands — especially if you're about to eat or touch your face.

Lunchboxes

Don't neglect your lunch box; you eat its contents after all. Germs can stick to its surface, including mould, yeast and even faecal bacteria, since lunchboxes usually sit on dirty surfaces, such as train floors, office desks, and even the ground in parks. 

So, how do you keep your lunchbox safe? It's simple.

  • Clean it thoroughly after use with soap and water.
  • Wipe it down with sanitiser or disinfectant.
  • Wash your hands before eating.
  • Discard old food quickly.

It's also a good idea to replace lunchboxes regularly, just to be extra safe. 

Bags

There are a few bags you use every day, including your handbag, gym bag, makeup bag and toiletry kit. But have you ever considered how clean these really are? You carry them everywhere, you put your cellphone in them, and they sit on everything — from toilet floors to luggage racks. In fact, the average handbag might carry more germs than a toilet seat.  

Bag-teria-proof them by hanging them and never letting them touch public spaces such as toilet and train floors. Again, once you've finished handling your bag, wash your hands before touching your face or eating anything. 

Conclusion

The recent COVID-19 outbreak really brought home how important it is to wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Hand hygiene is a key way to protect yourself from potentially nasty germs and bacteria.

Stock up on Your Sanitiser today and keep your hands clean during this pandemic and beyond. 

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