The 25 Dirtiest Things You Touch Every Day

Posted by on March 27, 2012

Although you can’t see them, they’re everywhere. They’re on everything you touch, everything you eat, and they even live inside of you…by the millions. What are they? They’re bacteria, and without them we would all die. But wait, aren’t bacteria the bad guys? Well, yes, in many cases they are. Bacterial infections kill countless people every year, but that doesn’t mean they are all inherently bad. This is because their lethality at least partially depends on where they are inside your body. For example, while your guts are teeming with E. coli  that help you digest your food, it’s when they get your bloodstream that you have a problem. So, just remember as you read through this list of the 25 dirtiest things you touch every day that sometimes a little bit of dirt might actually be good for you.


Door Knob

Although modern knobs are usually designed to be bacteria resistant, these types of defenses aren’t always effective. Moreover, older non-resistant door knobs are going to be even worse. Keep this in mind next time you are trying to escape a public bathroom.


Fridge Handle

Let’s be honest, how often do you clean your fridge handles? Probably never. You should consider it though, because they are often infested with the same bacteria that live on poultry and pork. The reason for this is that people usually take meat out of the fridge, make themselves a sandwich, and then return it with without rinsing their hands.


Vending Machine Buttons

Next time you use a vending machine consider this – you are probably swallowing more than just your favorite snack. As dirty as the buttons on that machine are, most of your selection consists of finger food which gives the bacteria a fairly direct path to your esophagus.


Parking Meters

According to a recent study 40 percent of parking meters and kiosks were labeled as being a high risk for illness transmission. Who knew parking your car could be so dangerous?


Crosswalk Buttons

Looking both ways before crossing the road may not be enough to stay out of the dangerzone these days. Crosswalk buttons were actually found to have high levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that signals the presense of yeast, bacteria, and mold cells.