Time Magazine lists the 5 germiest places in the home
The toilet seat is not the dirtiest place in the home, says University Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, because we tend to wash that often.
Gerba suggests other places in the home need more care than they are getting.
1. Towels should be changed out or washed every two days.
“Most people don’t wash their hands properly,” he says. When you towel off you’re rubbing bacteria into an ideal growing environment.
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2. Toothbrush holders can contain a lot of germs because people don't clean them.
A 2011 report from the public health organization NSF International found 27% of toothbrush holders were home to Coliform bacteria—a sickness-causing family of microorganism that includes Salmonella and E. coli.
3. In the kitchen, the sponge used for washing and cutting board also attract bacteria.
The sponge may be the dirtiest place in the home, says Gerba. The NSF study found that 75% of home dish sponges and rags contained Coliform.