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A long list of everyday items that are dirtier than your toilet seat

Gross.

SCIENCE HAS ALREADY declared men’s beards to be dirtier than a toilet seat.

But did you know your chopping board or light switch could be just as filthy?

That’s according to a new infographic from Plumb World Blog showing 18 everyday objects that have more germs than many of us feel comfortable thinking about.

Turns out, your handbag could have three times more germs than a toilet seat, your money might be coated in up to 200,000 bacteria, and an elevator button could be 40 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

Perhaps even more troubling are the details surrounding things we use to clean ourselves; faucet handles, toothbrushes, towels, and even laundry machines are all on this list.

Of course, just because something has bacteria doesn’t mean it will make you sick; it’s possible to clean everything on this list.

1. Smartphones and Tablets: Especially if you use it while ON the toilet.

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2. Your keyboard: Bring wipes on Monday morning.

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3. Your clothes: Sorry.

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4. Your towel: Get it into the machine. Now.

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5. Your toothbrush: Is it more than 6 metres away from your toilet?

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6. Your taps: And the kitchen ones are as bad as the bathroom ones

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7. Kitchen Sponge: When did you last replace yours?

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8. Light switch: When was the last time you cleaned one?

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9. Money: Notes, coins and even ATMs.

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10. Steering Wheel: Made worse by coughing and sneezing.

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11. Restaurant Menu: This one is particularly gross.

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12. Shopping Trolley: They are outside all the time.

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13. Lift buttons: Where have your colleagues’ hands been?

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14. Handbag: Here’s why you should never, ever put it on a table

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15. Carpet: those mucky boots.

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16. Chopping board: Wash it down.

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Click here to see the full infographic, courtesy of Plumb World Blog.

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