A lot of folks aren’t going to want to hear this, but it turns out that one of the dirtiest most germ-filled places around is the place you go to get healthier – the gym.
A recent study found that exercise equipment is crawling with disease-causing microbes. Equipment that many of us use several times a week… such as those free weights you lift to build strength… were found to be swarming with ugly bugs.
In fact, researchers say exercise equipment at the gym is teeming with over 300 times more germs than a public toilet seat!
And if you think you’re safe opting for the exercise bike or treadmill think again. Both were overrun with more bacteria than a public bathroom faucet or those reusable cafeteria trays in schools that countless sticky-fingered kids touch every week.
5 more everyday items that are coated with germs
But those aren’t the only surprising (or shudder-worthy) places sickening bacteria can hang out.
Your computer keyboard:
Keyboards tested in a UK study contained so much bacteria they made public toilet seats look clean by comparison.
The solution is to wipe them down frequently (say after you shut down for the night) with a sanitizing cloth. And, of course, stop all that snacking at the keyboard!
Your cell phone:
The phone is another hot spot for risky microbes. One study found dangerous levels of E. coli bacteria on one out of every six cell phones tested.
Most cell phones can be safely cleaned with a soft microfiber cloth dipped into a diluted isopropyl alcohol mix. Just be sure to check your manufacturer’s directions to be sure yours can.
The video below provides a quick and easy tutorial.
Researchers at the University of Arizona discovered that the average purse can be hazardous to your health. The typical handbag is literally covered with bacteria, probably since it gets put down on floors (including those in bathrooms), shopping carts and loads of other not-so-clean places.
The TV remote:
The remote control for your television probably gets touched by more family members than any other item in your home (especially when they’re sick!). A study out of the University of Virginia found over 50 percent of remotes they tested were coated with viruses that cause the common cold.
But perhaps the most surprising place you get exposed to loads of germs is something you always touch when you’re out to eat – a restaurant menu.
Menus are handled by everyone and seldom cleaned. Studies have found restaurant menus to have 100 times more bacteria than a typical toilet seat!
The best solution is what your mom told you to do before single every meal. “Go wash your hands before you eat.” And now we know that includes AFTER reading a menu!
Oh, and don’t forget to take your daily probiotic to arm your system against the ugly bugs. (For more on probiotics click here.)
Jenny Thompson is the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. Through HSI, she and her team uncover important health information and expose ridiculous health misinformation, most notably through the HSI e-Alert.
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