9 Common Things That Are Dirtier Than Your Toilet Seat

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Common Things That Are Dirtier Than Your Toilet Seat

1. YOUR CELL PHONE
Think about that the next time you press it against your face (or, don’t). To kill germs, Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, recommends using an alcohol wipe every few days. “Buy a box of individually packaged ones and keep a few in your purse or car,” she recommends.

2. YOUR DESK
And not just by a little — it’s 100 times dirtier than the average toilet seat. But that totally makes sense if you, like many, forget to give this surface a swift cleaning until it starts to feel sticky. To avoid these germs, use a disinfectant wipe to rub down dirty surfaces once a week.

3. ELEVATOR BUTTONS
Bad news, apartment dwellers. Those touch points you’re exposed to multiple times a day have almost 40 times more bacteria than a toilet. Since these buttons are shared by the public (and you might look odd taking a wet wipe to ’em), just wear gloves when going up or down.