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Everyday Items Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat

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We all know there are nasty items we touch like the toilet seat or handle. But some everyday items are also on the list.

This is a list from Reader's Digest. First up, your cutting board! University of Arizona researchers say on average, there are 200 times more fecal bacteria on the cutting board compared to a toilet seat. The biggest culprit is raw meat.

Next, your pet's food bowl has more than 2,000 bacteria per square inch, according to the list.

Here's surprising one, your clean laundry. A load of underwear will unleash at least 100 million E-Coli bacteria into your washing machine, which can then spread to other clothes. It's suggested you wash your underwear separately then run a hot rinse.

You'll want to have your carpet deep-cleaned once a year. About 200,000 bacteria live in each square inch of your carpet thanks to dead skin cells, pet dander and pollen.

Make sure you disinfect your bathroom and kitchen sink faucet handles. They have 21 times the bacteria of your toilet seat.

Your computer keyboard is another hot spot, holding up to five times the germs of a toilet seat.

If you carry a purse, this last one is for you. British researchers swabbed 25 handbags and found purses on average are three times dirtier than an office toilet seat.

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