Toilet seat has less germs than your own phone?!


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While discussing the flu season in class, I remembered what I had once heard- Toilet seats have less germs than an office desk.  But I find it very hard to believe that idea, so I looked to one of the most reliable sources..CNN

And I found that "A study by the University of Arizona in 2002 found the typical worker's desk has hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than an office toilet seat. If that's not disturbing enough, desks, phones and other private surfaces are also prime habitats for the viruses that cause colds and flu." 

That's crazy! I continued researching and found that office toilet seats had 49 germs per square inch, desktops had almost 21,000 germs per square inch, and phones were even worse.. more than 25,000 germs per square inch!

Wiping down these surfaces with disinfectant sprays and wipes will definitely reduce the bacteria.  The reason that these tend to be so gross is because people don't usually wipe down their office desks or even cell phones as often as they should.  You forget about all the times you sit at your desk and eat and drink, or talking on the phone after going for a run, or texting after playing a sport.  Germs are everywhere, it's just up to you to fight them off and be aware of the places that they lurk. Stay healthy this year and be sure to break out the lysol wipes!!

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Wow I can't believe that all those things have way more germs than an office toilet seat. Because usually when you think of germs and things that would be dirty, a toilet seems pretty logical. But after reading this that makes a lot more sense, because if you think about it, most people don't put their phones down from the time they wake up until they go to sleep. You only go to the bathroom so many times a day, so just by that fact alone you are much more likely to contract germs that way.

I love that this was posted - I just got done cleaning my desk with Clorox wipes! My main reason was because it was so dusty but I'm glad that I got rid of the germs while I was at it! It's really crazy that these things we use so often have more germs than a toilet seat! But I have to ask a question about cleaning your cell phone. Since phones are supposed to avoid water/liquid at all costs, how do you clean your phone? I'm afraid to wipe it down with a clorox wipe for fear of it breaking!

This sounds surprising at first, but when you think about it, it does make sense because you do constantly have your phone and are touching it. If you set it down, it's usually on these dirty surfaces like your school desk that students are constantly at all day. I always forget how dirty my phone can be.

No matter how many times I'm told this is true, i just can't believe it. I think most of us of just programed to see things as inherently more germ filled than others. It's pretty sad that the door handle in bathrooms has more germs than the toilet seat. If this is true than washing your hands before you leave the bathroom seems pointless. The sinks should be outside of the bathroom lol.

It's actually very funny that you posted this because I was going to blog about an article that I came across! I was going to post this article by AOL said that in the past year, the touch screen's have become a main area for giving off germs.

Apparently, in the past week, Apple has actually made a special deal with Verizon Wireless saying that they can sell the iPad starting October 28, Wi-Fi only, due to the fact that they are trying to be very cautious when it comes to having people touch each other's screens.

Based on your article, this one seems to have the same idea when it comes to an iPad, or in your case a phone, that the cell phone carries 18 times as many germs as the average handle of a toilet in the men's restroom.


So, if any of you out there have an ipad, a mac computer, ipod touch, or even the iphone, watch this youtube video to stay germ free (well...sort of)

I came across this article about germy places and another number one place germs live are on playground equpiment. It is no doubt that with children touching everything and rarely washing their hands, that there would be so many germs on playgrounds.ATMs are also prime locations for germs to fester. Think of how many people touch the buttons and screens of an ATM machine..I have thought about the incredible amount of germs on my cell phone and actually use clorox wipes to clean it almost everyday.

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