7 things as dirty as a subway bar (and how to clean them)

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Subway bars are often considered the epitome of dirty things. We can imagine all the dirty hands that have landed on it without having been washed, especially after going to the toilet or having coughed on it. We then imagine all the pathogenic germs and dirt that roam its surface. In their 2019 survey, microbiologists relayed by the Quebec daily La Presse had also estimated that there were more than 100 colonies of bacteria or yeasts on an area of ​​33.18 cm² of bar. However, some objects we use every day do not do better. Here are these unsuspected objects whose dirt would make any self-respecting subway bar or toilet bowl pale.

Whenever possible, we will also give you tips on how to clean these items and disinfect them without bleach in order to avoid any spread of disease.

1) The kitchen sponge, well known for being one of the very dirty objects

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If you keep your sponges for more than two weeks, you are already exceeding the maximum recommended time! Maybe to learn that there is 25 to 54 billion germs per cm² of sponge you will want to keep them too long. In addition to changing them very regularly, you should avoid using your sponge for everything: dishes, cleaning … Keep a sponge for each household chore! And to clean a sponge, a passage in the dishwasher or in the washing machine is ideal.

2) The remote control, operated every day by hands full of fingers!

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Count 290 potentially pathogenic microorganisms per cm² of remote control ! For this reason, this bacteria nest is considered by researchers to be 20 times dirtier than your toilet seat. To clean it, make your own wipes to wipe and disinfect this object. They can also be used on door handles, etc. To do this, mix vinegar and filtered or boiled water in equal parts in an airtight jar. Then add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil (or tea tree, antibacterial) and immerse squares of fabric or microfiber rags inside. Your disinfectant wipes will be ready to use!

3) the bath duck

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The bath duck and other plastic toys of this type are real nests for germs and mold. For a duck, we find between 5 and 75 million cells, including potentially pathogenic germs. If you can’t do without it, at least think about cleaning it with soapy water, white vinegar or better yet with household alcohol after each use. Also remember to plug the holes in plastic bath toys to prevent moisture from entering and macerating.

4) the shower head

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A scientific study relayed by France Info has shown that our shower heads are foci of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). However, these mycobacteria can cause lung, skin and lymphatic infections, especially in immunocompromised people. To clean it, just let it soak for several hours in a plastic bag containing white vinegar. This will descale it and clean it thoroughly.

5) The cell phone, definitely among the dirtiest objects

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Are you one of those who take it everywhere (transport, work, toilets, etc.)? And do you see pimples on your cheeks where you hold it? Know one thing: your phone can house up to 7000 types of bacteria. As such, it contains 18 times more than the toilet bowl. No wonder when you know that it is constantly handled and placed everywhere (bottom of the handbag, tables, etc.). These same bacteria are then found on our hands, our mouth, the countertop of the kitchen where it is placed … A virus can also survive for hours on this smooth surface. To clean the shell, use soapy water. And to clean the phone, ban the rubbing alcohol which burns its components in favor of simple household alcohol or isopropyl alcohol.

6) Never without your water bottle? Read this!

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Very popular with defenders of a zero waste lifestyle, gourds are displayed on the counter up to 900,000 bacteria per cm² ! To clean and deodorize it, pour inside a mixture of white vinegar and washing-up liquid for 24 hours. Then rinse thoroughly with very hot water. If the gourd is very dirty or has dirt in it, pour rice inside with a little soapy water and shake. This will help scratch the inside. Then, clean with vinegar and dishwashing liquid exposed earlier.

7) The computer keyboard among the dirtiest (and hands down!)

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Do you work on the computer regularly? You will see your keyboard differently when you know it presents 400 times more germs than the toilet bowl ! Like all objects that are handled with the hands, it is therefore easily dirty. Here you can optionally vacuum the keyboard to remove crumbs and dust. Then do a first cleaning with a cloth soaked in distilled water, then with alcohol at 70 ° C. Above all, do not saturate the cloth too much with liquid so as not to flood the keyboard. Then let it air dry. If you don’t need your keyboard much, you can also unplug it… and put it in the dishwasher! Let it dry completely before plugging it back in.

Other dirty everyday objects that we don’t think about:

lemon cut knife wooden board
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The refrigerator is an appliance where temperature differences help bacteria to proliferate. In your vegetable drawer, you will find for example 750 times the maximum dose of bacteria ! You will find household products for its cleaning and disinfection here. As for cutting boards, they are also markers for germs that creep into wood and grooves. Poorly maintained, they contain 200 times more germs than your toilet bowl. This is why you need a cutting board for raw meat and fish and another for other foods. Review our cleaning tips for the cutting board here.

Good to know : Banknotes win the palm of gold in all categories with 26,000 bacteria, including viruses that can survive for more than 2 weeks on them. There is therefore a risk of contamination. On the menus of restaurants that are not properly disinfected, germs can remain active for 18 hours. A study had shown that the peanuts given to the seabass as an accompaniment to the aperitif showed no less than 14 different traces of urine. Cheers !

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