Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Top 10 Germiest Places in the Home

NSF International ( a nonprofit public health and safety company) conducted a swab analysis on the germiest places in the home.  The study found that the kitchen, not the bathroom, is actually the germiest place in the home – in fact it was the kitchen sponge!



Top 10 Dirtiest Places in the Home

1. Dish sponge/rag
2. Kitchen sink
3. Toothbrush holder
4. Pet bowl
5. Coffee maker reservoir
6. Bathroom faucet handle
7. Pet toy
8. Kitchen Counter top
9. Stove knobs
10. Cutting board






Household Germ Study Methodology:

The NSF International "Germiest Places in the Home 2011" study was conducted by microbiologists at NSF International from December 2010 - January 2011. Thirty common household items in the homes of 22 volunteer families in the greater Ann Arbor, Mich. area were swabbed. The survey included items in the kitchen, bathroom as well as other personal items such as cell phones and purses for the presence of bacteria, yeast and mold.