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The Most Germ-Ridden Surfaces in Your Day

By Sara Butler

There are places that are universally acknowledged to be dirty. Places such as public restrooms, hospitals, and public pools tend to raise the most rest flags when it comes to ground zero for the latest epidemic. But you may be surprised to find that some places you considered safe are some of the germiest places you encounter on any given day. Here are the top places germs love to live and how you can avoid them for your health!

Your Desk

Be honest -- when was the last time you wiped down your work area? It's probably been a while. Your desk is one of the germiest places in your day. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that your work space is about 400 times germier than a public toilet seat.

Throw in the fact that you hang out at your desk, socialize, and even eat there and you can see why the cleanliness of your desk can be a problem. Make sure to regularly clean your desk with a disinfectant, especially before you unpack your lunch there.

Your Phone

You may be attached at the ear to your phone, but there are some less savory things that also like to attach themselves to your phone and those things can make you sick!

You should regularly clean your smartphone and your work phone (and home phone if you have it!). The receivers of phones become very dirty and studies have found them to be an even bigger breeding ground for germs than your desk. Make it a habit to wipe down your phone receiver each day as other surfaces you use a lot, such as your mouse and keyboard.


Your kitchen and bathrooms sinks are the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria and bugs. In fact, while most people like to blame restaurants for food poisoning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found the home to actually be the source of most food-borne illness.

To avoid this unfortunate fate, disinfect your household sinks at least once per week. Once a month, it wouldn't hurt to hit them with some diluted bleach, either.

Your Coffee Pot

Coffee may be the nectar of the Gods, but the vessel you drink it from may not be to the same standards. Mold and mildew can grow in your coffee pot and its reservoir very easily, so make sure to clean it out by running vinegar through it, then brewing a few pots of plain water to flush it.

The lesson to be learned? Clean the spaces you touch often!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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