The Germiest Places in America
We call them the dirty dozen. It’s Health magazines laundry list of the germiest places you’re likely to encounter during an average day.
It’s not exactly a shock that there are a huge number of germs in most public bathrooms, but experts agree that those cramped and overused airplane loos (with only about one toilet for every 50 people) are the worst. “There are often traces of E. coli or fecal bacteria on the faucets and door handles, because it’s hard to wash your hands in those tiny sinks,” says Gerba.
But here’s the worst news: The volcanic flush tends to spew particles into the air, coating the floor and walls with, well, whatever had been swirling around in there.
Reduce the risk: Toilet seats are surprisingly clean, but use the paper cover when available. After using the toilet, wash and dry your hands thoroughly, and use a paper towel to handle the toilet seat, lid, tap, and doorknob. Put the lid down before you flush. If there’s no lid, turn your back to the toilet while flushing.