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The 5 Most Germ-Filled Things You Own

We know the rest of the world is disgusting, but our own home couldn't be.  Sure, we could clean a little more often, but hey, we work hard and also shut up.

In a recent interview, Professor Sally Bloomfield, a microbiologist with the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene, let us in on the top 5 most germ-filled things we own.  And there's no good news here.

Luckily, she then goes on to give us some tips to make these potential sources of disease into something you can lick at will (please don't, but).

Your Phone


I know I'm not the only one to do a quick scroll through my feed while on the toot.  But EARTH SHATTERINGLY, it's not the most hygienic thing you can do.  In fact, it's probably one of the worst.  There are loads of nasties around the toilet, and you're touching a lot of them, and then swiping right on something that spends time against your face.

The Fix: Maybe don't visit ASOS when you should be taking care of business.  Also, regularly give your phone a once-over with an antibacterial wipe.

Your Handbag


Ever thought you were a living legend because you found a cough lolly in the corner of your handbag?  Turns out, you're as filthy as the thing you just put in your mouth.

Bags come into contact with germy hands, money and credit cards, and they just love the crumbs from the food you shoved in your handbag when work had that nice platter.

The Fix: Avoid putting your handbag on the floor.  Use a hook if you can.  Especially when in the little girls' room.  And avoid putting your handbag on a table, or anywhere else you'll be eating near.  Vaccum the inside of your handbag once a month.  Not every 3 years like you do now.

Remote controls


As a general rule, anything that is touched often, and by a lot of people, is likely to be filled with nasties. But the remote also spends large amounts of time on the floor, in between seat cushions, and in the mouth of anything in your house weighing under 30 kilos.

The Fix: The main tip is to wash your hands regularly.  And keep some hand sanitiser... handy.  When you're wiping down the coffee table, give the remote a once over too.  And of course, if you have migrant parents, you should also change the glad wrap once in a while (but don't let them know they were right.)



There are plenty of reasons to keep your shoes on at home; the floor is cold, it looks dirty, you're heading out again in a second, they make our calves look amazing (this was written by a man, but he is totes WOKE.)

But you're also bringing in all the things you've stepped in throughout the day.  Poop, dirt, chewies, poop, dust, garbage and of course, poop.  And if you've got a little one spending a lot of time on the floor too, you're forcing them to crawl through all of it.

The Fix: Leave your shoes at the front door, or just inside.  When you're travelling, keep your shoes in their own bag to stop all the nasties rubbing off onto your favourite clothes.  And again, don't let on to your migrant parents that they were right.

Kitchen Sponge


We think of the kitchen sponge as the Haven of Cleanliness in our house, but it's actually one of the grossest.  It's warm, damp, and gets new sources of food every time we wipe over something.  And then we use that cesspool to wipe the next thing we need to "clean".

The Fix: Did you know you can just throw the sponge into the dishwasher?  Doing that once a week will help keep germs at bay.  And replace all your sponges once a month.

- with The Sun

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