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.



Recent studies found ATMs to have high levels of bacillus and pseudomonads, two bacteria famous for causing sickness and diarrhea. Interestingly enough these are the same bacteria that infest public toilets. So next time you reach to type in your PIN number just imagine yourself running your hand around the rim of the toilet bowl across the street.


Remote Control

While the cleanliness of your remote control at home will depend upon your own personal hygeine, know this – public remotes at hospitals, hotels, etc. are filthy little creatures. Not only do their cracks and crevices make them ideal for microbes, spores, and bodily fluids to hide but studies have found semen, urine, and even SARS on public remotes.


Toilet Seat

Although you’d probably have to be pretty thirsty to drink from a public toilet, as you can see it is certainly not the dirtiest thing you come in contact with on a regular basis. We still don’t recommend quenching your thirst from it though, as the statistics tell us there are about 295 bacteria per square inch covering its shiny surface.


Cell Phone

Yup, it’s dirtier than your toilet seat. The reason for this is that phones are generally warm and like the tv remotes they have numerous crevices for bacteria to hide in. A recent study in the United Kingdom even found that some cell phones can be staph bacteria breeding grounds, which can lead to everything from skin infections all the way to meningitis.


Inside Latch of Public Bathroom Stall

At least the inside of the toilet bowl gets rinsed off a little bit with every flush, the latch on the door though…probably never. In fact, theres a good chance that since the stall was constructed it hasn’t been cleaned at all. Just another reason to wash your hands.