What's the dirtiest place in your house?
In 2011, NSF International, swabbed a "sticky note"-sized area of many commonly found items from the homes and cars of 22 volunteer families. Then, they examined these samples for Coliform bacteria (which includes Salmonella and E. coli) to identify the most germ-infested items we come in contact with daily. What they learned was not what most of us would expect.
And why is this so important? Because 80% of all food-related illnesses originate from inside the home!
Think you can guess the top 5 dirtiest items in most homes?
Below is a scrambled list of 5 items that research suggests are the filthiest things in the average home and 5 that are commonly among the cleanest.
Instructions: Sort (click, drag and drop) each item, arranging what you believe to be the 5 dirtiest on the left and the 5 cleanest on the right. Then, compare your selection to what the research found:
:: Refrigerator handle
:: Dish sponge/rag
:: Bathroom light switch
:: Toothbrush holder
:: Coffee reservoir1
:: Toilet handle
:: Kitchen sink
:: Pet bowl
1. Coffee reservoir is the top of a coffee maker where you add water and grounds.