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Medical Experts: The 9 Dirtiest Items to Avoid Touching

Medical Experts: The 9 Dirtiest Items to Avoid Touching

By    |   Friday, 08 November 2019 10:07 AM

You can’t see them but there are germs and bacteria all around you. On your cellphone, your laptop, your kitchen sponge — the list is endless. Granted, you may not be able to avoid touching many of these items but it helps to be mindful of which ones are teeming with germs that can harm you.

To help prevent you from picking up unwanted viruses, The Remedyspoke with several medical experts to find out which everyday objects are the dirtiest. Here are nine from that list that you should try to avoid touching, or at least wash your hands after touching them:

1. Hand Sanitizer Pumps. It is ironic that the very item you use to sanitize your hands happens to also be one of the germiest places in a public bathroom, according to J.D. Zipkin of Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. "The good news is that the contents tend to kill most germs you just picked up, but always be wary of using a container to find it's empty. Your hands are likely covered in germs."

2. Elevator Buttons. If just ten people don't wash their hands after going to the bathroom, then they push the elevator button, can you imagine how many germs must be crawling on that button? Now imagine if 100 people touched it. Everyone deposits their germs on the small concentrated surface of an elevator button, says Zipkin.

3. Computers. Sure you wash your hands but is it enough to prevent you from spreading germs to the keyboard of your computer? Probably not. You may touch dozens of other contaminated items at home or around the office before sitting down at your desk to type away. It is even worse if it is a shared computer, Zipkin notes.

4. Cell Phones. Do you carry your cellphone around with you for most of the day? And how often do you remember to sanitize it? Chances are not often. The issue is that cell phones tend to be among some of the dirtiest things you can touch, says Dr. Christopher Dietz, area medical director of MedExpress Urgent Care. "Every time we set our phones down on a surface, whether it's the meat counter in the grocery store or the booth at your favorite restaurant, it can pick up bacteria that can then be transferred to your hands and then possibly into your mouth or nose—and into your body."

5. Menus. Menus pass between dozens of hands each day but many establishments neglect to sanitize their menus on a regular basis, making them some of the dirtiest items to be found in a restaurant, says Christina L. Belitsky, advanced practitioner lead with Northwell.

6. Your Kitchen Sponge. You may think that your kitchen sponge is clean. You are constantly submerging it in dishwashing liquid and soaps after all. However, Adam Splaver, a cardiologist based in South Florida warns that these unsuspecting sponges are among the dirtiest items you can find in your house.

7. Air Dryers. Avoid the air dryers at all costs if you want to stay healthy. These items are usually "loaded with bacteria," says Splaver.

8. Your Toothbrush. If you are guilty of leaving your toothbrush near your toilet, chances are it is a cesspool of germs. This is because every time you flush, those airborne germs transfer to nearby objects.

9. Your Uber's door handle. Public transport generally tends to breed germs and your rideshare is no exception. That door handle of your Uber or Lyft could be a breeding ground for germs, explains Yeral Patel, a functional medicine physician in Newport Beach, California.

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