Cleaning the toilet is considered a dirty job by many and according to a poll carried out for Radio 4 Women's Hour, 37% of respondents claimed it to be the least favorite household chore.
But did you know that there are 5 things you touch every day, without a second thought, that are more contaminated with bacteria than the average toilet?
There are more germs on a £1 coin than on a regularly cleaned toilet seat and the average bank note is home to more than 26,000 bacteria, which could be potentially harmful to health. How many times have you witnessed people popping a bank note into their mouths?
Tip. Wash your hands after handling money whenever possible. You can use an alcohol wipe to clean debit or credit cards. But why not opt for contactless payment where possible?
2. Shopping Trolley Handles.
Thousands of hands are touching that trolley or basket, and considering only 5% of people wash their hands after using the toilet, it's not surprising that shopping trolley handles contain more dirt and grime than the average public toilet. Ideally supermarkets who employ a cleaning service should ensure that cleaning the handles is part of the daily routine. But do they?
Tip. Some supermarkets actually provide antibacterial wet wipes, but why not take your own just in case? Pop your hand into a bag before packing loose fruit and veg into another, if you wash your produce before storing though, all the better!
3. Mobile Phones.
Mobile phones have 18 times more bacteria than a public toilet flush handle! That's shocking, but what's worse is that the bacteria can actually survive for up to a week. Viruses can easily be transferred via touching and rubbing other parts of the body such as face, eyes and mouth.
Tip. Try not to share your phone with anyone else, don't take your phone with you to the toilet and don't forget you can clean your phone, simply wipe it down with a damp microfibre cloth.
4. Computer Keyboards.
Whether at the office or at home, you are touching your keyboard many times during the day, and although you may be washing your hands, eating at your desk and sharing your computer with other people can lead to a build up of 20,000 bacteria per square inch. Research shows that computer keyboards can be at least five times more dirty than a toilet seat.
Tip. Clean your keyboard at least once a week. You can use an air duster, literally a can of air to clean crumbs and debris away, or give it a shake, and use antibacterial wet wipes to sanitise the keys.
5. Car Steering Wheel.
Did you know that your steering wheel has approximately 700 bacteria per square inch on it, compared to a toilet which only has 50 per square inch.
Tip. Clean regularly using leather upholstery wipes for leather and with multipurpose or antibacterial wipes for plastic.
I prefer cleaning the toilet rather than doing the ironing, what's your least favorite household chore, and why?