They are some of the dirtiest places you’ll ever find. Germ infested, bacteria covered and infested with viruses.
People probably don’t think twice about the fact that they’re carrying germs around with them everywhere they go.
A recent copy of Health Magazine listed all the possible places people can pick up germs and narrowed it down to the top 10.
The list encompasses a variety of areas, but mainly revolved around the home. People in Waxahachie were asked what they thought was the most germ-infested place in their home was. This is what they had to say.
Brittany Martin said after she agreed to contribute to this article that she found herself at a loss for words. She said those who know her understand how crazy that is. Martin doesn’t consider herself a germaphobic person; however, having to think about where all the germs are in her home has made her a little nervous.
“ After much consideration, I think the germiest place in my house would have to be our downstairs bathroom,” Martin said. “It is the most accessible bathroom so my children, their friends, as well as house guests use that restroom. It is also where they go to blow their noses, cough, get sick, wash up at mealtimes as well as take medicine when they’re ill.”
As far as the bathroom being the most germ-infested place in a home, Jim Harris said he would have to agree with that.
“The dirtiest and germiest place in my home or a home is probably the bathroom, especially the toilet,” Harris said. “That’s where every body ends up at some point. They sit on the toilet, and it’s nasty.”
Harris added that to this day when he uses a public restroom, he places toilet paper over the seat before sitting down.
Others weighing in on the conversation said the germiest place in their home would more than likely are their children’s bedrooms.
Janet Armstrong said her children don’t like to clean, and they definitely don’t like to clean their rooms.
As Randy Burns pondered the question being presented to him, he said he’s certain the most popular answer is the bathroom, but he would have to disagree.
“I know the bathroom is the number one answer,” Burns said. “But I’m going to have to go with the kid’s room. If everybody’s kids are like mine, they get their hands into everything.”
Lane Brushell said he has two small children, and he is sure their bedroom is the germiest place in his house.
“I have twin boys that are 2 years old,” Brushell said. “They have recently learned how to take their diapers off. So you can imagine what kinds of germs are involved there.”
While some said it’s the bathroom, and others said it has to be their children’s bedrooms, there are those who say the kitchen is the most germ-infested place in the home.
Kristen Keller said she knows for a fact the kitchen is the germiest place in her home because her roommates don’t like to do dishes, therefore, they pile up in the sink.
“I would think the germiest place in my house would have to be the kitchen sink,” Keller said. “I have a couple of roommates, and they don’t like to do dishes. The dishes stay in the sink with food on them until I come home and take care of them.”
Becky Evans said the germiest place in her home is the kitchen because it involves cooking a variety of food.
“The kitchen is the germiest place in my home because that’s where I cook,” Evans said. “You have all the chicken, and all the germs so I think the kitchen is the dirtiest and germiest place in the home.”
Then there were those who said appliances and things being used everyday around the house have to contain the most germs.
For instance, Wolford Mosley said his computer keyboard contains the most germs of anything in their home.
“I know for a fact that our computer keyboard has to be full of germs,” Mosley said. “We use it a lot, and several different people always have their hands on it.”
In addition to talking with local residents, experts also added their insight to what some of the germiest places in homes are and why.
Oscar Ramirez is the owner of Maggies Housemaids. He said people wouldn’t believe the things in their homes that contain the highest germ and bacteria count.
“In the kitchen area, I would say the sink and countertops are the most germ infested areas,” Ramirez said. “People will take sponges that have germs and bacteria on them, and reuse them to wipe down their countertops.”
He said the germs don’t die on the rag or sponge, and that those things need to be disinfected or changed out.
Ramirez said another area in the home that registers a relatively high germ count is the guest bathroom.
“Just think about that for a minute,” he said. “This is the bathroom that every body uses when they come to your house. And sometimes it’s where the kids go when no one is visiting. We all know that typically kids don’t wash their hands after using the restroom. Then they go and sit at the dinner table with everyone else at supper time.”
He said thankfully the human body was designed with an excellent immune system or people would be sick all of the time from passing germs from one to another.
In addition, Ramirez said it’s important to make sure that things like keyboards, mice, telephones, TV remotes, knobs on the stoves, mop heads and light switches get disinfected on a regular basis.
Another expert in this field also shed some insight on the subject. Greg Compton is the president of Compton’s Carpet Cleaning. He said if people knew all the details surrounding germs in the home, it would really shock them. He, along with his son, David, discussed some of those shocking details during the interview.
“People shed a pound of skin cells each year,” Greg said. “Without the proper cleaning of mattresses and box springs, those skin cells sink into the mattress and eventually the box spring.”
He added that while he was attending a continuing education class in New York, they gave information concerning dust mites and how they appear.
“Dust mites aren’t like people,” Greg said jokingly. “Two of them don’t meet, fall in love and the rest his history. But they get into the home because of a lack of thorough cleaning, and they are the leading cause of asthma.”
He continued by saying that carpets are usually the filthiest part of a house.
“When people get their carpets cleaned, if the vacuum cleaner doesn’t contain a Hepa filter, then the people are just wasting their time,” Greg said. “Also, if they don’t have the scotch guard reapplied, again they are just wasting their time and money.”
He said to ensure carpets are cleaned and not collecting germs make sure both of those things are done. Also, Greg said to vacuum carpets everyday.
They also talked about the filthiness of bathrooms, especially the handle on the toilet and sink.
“The handle of the toilet is nastier than your toilet bowl,” Greg said. “Think about how people use the toilet, then flush it and then wash their hands.”
The other important information given was the transference of germs from one piece of wet clothing to another.
“On a daily basis we are coming into contact with a lot of people,” Greg said. “If they have staff infection or something like that, it may get on your clothes. Then you wash that piece of clothing with other clothes. All that’s happening is those germs are being transferred to all the other wet clothes in the machine.”
Greg said there are things people can do to keep transference from happening.
“There are at least three measures people can take to prevent the transference of germs in wet clothing,” he said. “They can wash them in hot water, wash them with bleach or dry them on high heat.”
Health Magazine’s Top 10 places for germs
• kitchen sink
• wet clothes
• playground equipment, exercise mats and gym equipment
• airplane bathrooms
• hotel room surfaces
• doorknobs, remote controls
• office phones
• ATM buttons
• women’s purses
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