Revealed: the household items dirtier than your toilet

Revealed: the household items dirtier than your toilet


Posted 17th June

It could be time to invest in a new chopping board, after a study revealed it's four times dirtier than a toilet - how charming.

The study, conducted by Space Station, revealed the unpleasant stats, after swabbing all-male and all-female homes to identify the areas which had the most yeast, bacteria and fungus lurking within.

They then compared the swabs to identify exactly what was where.

Now, this is where it gets grim. The study revealed chopping boards in the all-female accommodation were four times dirtier than the toilet. The chopping board had 102.5 Colony Forming Units per cm2 (CFU), in comparison to the toilet which had 24.

To put this into perspective, anything above 80 is deemed unsatisfactory by experts - it could be time to get a new chopping board.

Perhaps the cause for this could be that we spend more time cleaning up what we consider to be the more unsanitary parts of the house - for instance, the toilet - and subsequently neglect other objects.

However, the chopping board wasn't the highest CFU - that honour went to the bath, which reached an astonishing 200 - nice.

After the chopping board, it was bedding that came in next at 80 CFU. It was found that the all-female accommodation had been sleeping in spores that could cause infections and flu-like symptoms - brilliant.

Yet all of this paled in comparison to the toilet in the males' accommodation, which had a massive CFU of 250.4.

The test objects with the highest CFU were:

1. Toilet (male) – 250.4
2. Bath (female) – 200
3. Chopping board (female) – 102.5
4. Fridge (male) – 102.5
5. Bedding (male) – 100.4
6. Bedding (female) – 80
7. Desk (male) – 42.5
8. Chopping board (male) – 40.4
9. Toilet (female) – 24
10. Desk (male) – 24
11. Fridge (female) – 2.9
12. Bath (male) – 2.5

Commenting on it, Vlatka Lake, marketing manager at Space Station, said: "It’s not surprising to find that our research uncovered some dirt and bacteria in the homes however the levels of bacteria in areas primarily used for food preparation are shocking!"

"We highly recommend keeping the home tidy and clutter free in a bid to stop bacteria and dirt festering and turning into a health issue."

You can find out more by reading the original study here.






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