Top 8 Places Where Germs and Bacteria Can Hide

According to the recent study of the Public Health Experts and the Professional Microbiologists, there are 8 places in your surroundings where germs and bacteria lurk. Think of your day to day routine and recall how many public surfaces you touch and catch germs. Probably you don’t even remember, but public health experts do and it’s worrisome. Not everything you touch in the public places is clean and hygienic. Here are the Top 8 places where germs and bacteria can reside

1- Public Bathrooms:

A medical director of the Illinois Public Health Department says that it is foolish to assume that any surface in a public bathroom would not carry germs. Every single thing present in the public bathroom carries a certain type of bacteria called “E. coli” and this tiny intestinal bacterium can cause diarrhoea and serious intestinal infections. The major risk of getting these does not come from sitting on the toilet seat, but touching the handle of the door of a public bathroom. That’s the point where the real game starts. The door, sink and faucet carry more bacteria than toilet seat because the seat gets cleaned daily but no one pays attention to door handles and faucets. The proper way to stay disinfected from these places is washing your hands for 10-20 seconds and leaving the washroom without touching anything again.

2- Elevators in your Office:

Hundreds of people use elevators in your office daily and not all of them have clean hands when they press the going up and down buttons. And not everyone bothers to clean them. Ordinary workers feel overworked when they even clean the elevator floor and walls let alone the buttons. The best, although funny practice is to press the button with your elbow point. Or washing your hands thoroughly just after using the elevator.

3- Desktop in your office: It holds millions of germs, you can’t imagine. About 21,000 bacteria, fungi and viruses are present at a desktop table per square inch and we don’t have any clue. Washing your hands often or asking your cleaners to use anti-bacterial liquids while cleaning them is the best practice.

4- Your Doctor’s office:

No one thinks that a doctor’s office can be dirty with germs, but certainly, it is. As many people with contagious diseases come there through opening the doors and sitting on the furniture resting their hands on the arms of chairs, coughing and sneezing. Try to avoid touching these things or wash your hands after visiting a Doctor’s office.

5- Hospitals:

Public Health Specialists say that most people die from getting infections in hospitals every year than dying in car accidents. That is not because the hospitals are unsanitary, but because of the high risk of germs and vulnerable people present at the same place. Hospitals need deep cleaning and use of professional cleaning services to avoid the spread of contagious diseases.

6- Grocery Carts:

According to the University of Arizona’s recent study, two-thirds of the handles of shopping carts are polluted with faecal bacteria. This study shows the number of bacteria present on the shopping carts is much more than a toilet seat because the later gets cleaned and the former never gets disinfected.

7- Cafeteria Trays at educational institutions:

 Cafeteria trays get rarely cleaned. They just wipe it off with a tissue and it’s ready to use again.


8- Student desks and chairs: Students come and go daily and spend most of their day at desks. Anyone coughs sneezes or if there is a nasal leakage, it all ends up there. Then students touch their desks and transfer to each other during play and study.


So at all these places, there needs proper professional cle