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ATMs Are as Dirty as Toilets

I've never really thought about washing my hands after using the ATM, but it's going to be hard not to after hearing that it isn't as clean as I thought! A UK study found that ATMs are just as dirty as public toilets. In fact, researchers found bacteria strains that cause illnesses and diarrhea. I think most of us generally assume that toilets hold the crown as the one of the dirtiest spots, but there are plenty of places that rival them. Here is a list of them:

  • Keyboards: British researchers found that the keyboards they swabbed contained five times more bacteria than toilets. The culprit lies in eating lunch at your desk or not washing your hands after going to the bathroom.
  • Cell Phones: Apparently your precious iPhone or Blackberry has 18 times more germs than a toilet handle, a study showed. If you're as grossed out as I am, consider purchasing sanitary wipes for your phone.
  • Elevator Buttons: OK, I don't know how I'm supposed to go to work or go home now that I know that elevator buttons have 40 times more germs than a public toilet.

 

I'm starting to think that toilets aren't so dirty after all . . . do you wash your hands after using the ATM?

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