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The 12 Germiest Places of All


"It's enough to make even the least germophobic person a little worried," Dr. Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona, told

kitchen sink

You'll never look at your kitchen sink the same way again!

He's referring to all the germs in America, lurking in places you frequent and touch everyday.

This year, with the swine flu on everyone's mind, germs have taken on a whole new meaning. It's said that 80 percent of infections are spread through hand contact. In other words you touch a germ-infested object, get the germ on your hand and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

Just like that, the germ makes a happy home in your body.

The germiest places in America are not what you might think. They're not restricted to public bathrooms and grungy bus seats … many are actually right in your own home.

12 Germiest Spots asked Dr. Gerba and a panel of experts to reveal the "dirty dozen" places with the most germs, and here is what they found:


kitchen sink germs1. Your Kitchen Sink

More than 500,000 bacteria per square inch are likely to inhabit your sink's drain!

2. Airplane Bathrooms

airplane bathroomThink about it. There's only one bathroom for every 50 people, and the sinks are tiny and difficult to use. So there's often traces of E. coli and fecal bacteria on faucets and door handles. Plus, the toilet flushing can spew particles into the air and coat the floor and walls with its contents.


germs wet laundry3. Wet Laundry

According to Gerba, one soiled undergarment is enough to contaminate the whole load and your washing machine. So when you transfer those "clean" clothes to the dryer, you're likely going to get E. coli on your hands.


germs drinking fountain4. Public Drinking Fountains

All public drinking fountains are germy, but school fountains are the worst. They can have anywhere from 62,000 to 2.7 million bacteria per square inch on the spigot.


germs shopping cart handle5. Shopping Cart Handles

Saliva, bacteria and fecal matter can all be found on shopping cart handles, which are touched by dozens of different people every day, yet rarely, if ever, cleaned.

germs atm6. ATM Buttons

Chinese researchers found that each ATM key they tested contained an average of 1,200 germs.


germs purse7. Your Purse

playground germsYour purse likely goes with you everywhere, and gets plunked on the floor, on countertops and on countless other surfaces … and it shows. Dr. Gerba and his team tested women's purses and found most had tens of thousands of bacteria on the bottom. Some even had millions.

8. Playgrounds

Blood, mucus, saliva and urine are all likely coating the monkey bars at the playground, according to researchers. Children are also more likely to put their fingers in their mouths, making the combination particularly gross (and potentially dangerous).


germs9. Mats and Machines at Health Clubs

Antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria has been found on yoga mats, cardio equipment and resistance machines.

germs10. Your Bathtub

Your tub may have more than 100,000 bacteria per square inch, including staph bacteria. Even though you regularly clean your tub, you use it to wash germs off your body and the moist environment makes it perfect for germs to grow.


germs office phone11. Your Office Phone

With more than 25,000 germs per square inch, your office phone (and also your desk, computer keyboard, mouse and cell phone) are fairly well covered in germs.


hotel room germs12. Hotel Room Remote Control

The remote control is touched by nearly everyone who stays in the room, but it's rarely cleaned. So as you might suspect, if someone sick recently stayed in your hotel room there's a good chance the virus is still on the remote (and door handles, light switches and bathroom faucet).

Why Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers (i.e. Purell, etc.) are NOT a Good Solution

After reading this, you might "first" mistakenly be tempted to carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you at all times, or at least for those times when you can't wash your hands. But you should know that hand sanitizers, including one of the leading brands, Purell, have been given a seven out of 10 score for toxicity (with 10 being the highest hazard) by the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. According to Skin Deep, ingredients in Purell Hand Sanitizer are linked to:

  • Cancer

  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity

  • Allergies/immunotoxicity

  • Neurotoxicity

  • Endocrine disruption

  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Further, several of the ingredients have noted violations, restrictions and warnings and have been labeled as contamination concerns, occupational hazards, and causing biochemical or cellular level changes.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can also be harsh on your skin, leading to tiny cracks on your skin's surface -- and these cracks may actually provide an entryway for disease-causing organisms!

How to Keep Your Hands Really Clean

Considering that Americans touch about 300 different surfaces every 30 minutes, it's pretty much impossible to avoid all germs. However, there are ways to dramatically reduce your risk of spreading, and getting sick from, these pesky invaders.

The best continuous alternative to soap and water (before and after you wash your hands) -- ideal for use when you can't get to a sink or have been washing your hands to the point they are getting dry and cracked -- are exclusive PerfectCLEAN Wipers: Terry Cloths and Super Silks.

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They are capable of "trapping and removing" 99.99% of bacteria from hard surfaces throughout your home, workplace and those surfaces you have to touch in daily life (doors and door knobs, grocery carts, countertops, etc.).

PerfectCLEAN Wipers: Terry Cloths and Super Silks penetrate invisible surfaces in your skin, then "trap and remove" contaminants, absorbing and concentrating them in the wipes.

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PerfectCLEAN Wipers: Terry Cloths and Super Silks remove many pathogens in their path ... that is because at an astonishing 4-6 microns (bacteria range from 2 – 8 microns) the "polyester-polyamide conjugated filament" are even smaller than most bacteria.

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In fact, we recommend carrying PerfectCLEAN Wipers in your pocket and wiping your hand discreetly any time you shake hands or touch a public surface (especially door knobs, shopping cart handles, light switches and other heavily contaminated but rarely cleaned surfaces). You can also use them to wipe done public surfaces, such as shopping cart handles or hotel room remote controls. Because germs are also easily spread around schools, we recommend you tuck one in your child's backpack and teach him or her to wipe his hands regularly throughout the day.

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How to Use Antimicrobial Hand Wipes

  • Place in your pocket or purse. Wipe and rub your hands and fingers thoroughly after you come into contact with people through handshakes or when you touch surfaces that others have touched.

  • Clean surfaces using antimicrobial hand wipes: from your car steering wheel and doorknobs, to all the various surfaces throughout your home and office.

  • Use these wipes to clean anywhere others touch: on your desktop, telephone, keyboard, door knobs & door frames, chair-arms/back, mirror surfaces, file cabinets, other office furniture and other large surfaces. Can be used dry or lightly dampened.

  • Wipe frequently touched areas once per day, as we do more frequently during flu season or anytime others visit your office and/or use your office equipment.

Recommended Reading

Is Your Hand Sanitizer Toxic? The Hidden Risks You Probably Don't Know

The 10 Most Germ-Infested Places in Public

Sources March 12, 2008

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