20 Fun Facts about Germs

September 28, 2017 by admin


  1. Kitchen cloths contain up to 200 thousand more bacteria than an average toilet seat
  2. Given the right temperature and nutrients, bacteria can divide every 20 minutes
  3. 62% of men and 40% of women don’t wash their hands after using the toilet
  4. An average person’s yearly fast food intake will contain 12 public hairs
  5. Washing your hands under the cold tap kills no fewer germs than washing under the hot tap. Water hot enough to kill germs would scald your skin
  6. There are between 10,000 and 10 million bacteria on each of your hands
  7. You have germ killing chemicals in your saliva, mucus, tears and ear wax
  8. More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing
  9. Drying your hands with paper towels will reduce the bacterial count by 45-60%. Conversely, using a hand-dryer will increase the germs on your hands by up to 255%
  10. 10% of human dry weight comes from bacteria. The human body is home to some 1,000 species of germs
  11. wearing your headphones for just one hour increases the bacteria in your ear 700 timesHeadphones
  12. 72% of shopping trolleys tested positive for faecal bacteria while 50% tested positive for E. coli
  13. Your mobile phone contains 18 times more bacteria than a public toilet
  14. During an hour’s swimming in a public pool, you will ingest 1/12 litre of urine
  15. Flushing the loo with the seat up can see bacteria traveling up to 2 metres around your bathroom
  16. There are 4 types of germs; bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa
  17. Upon their return to earth, the Apollo 11 crew were quarantined for 21 days in-case they were carrying any out-of-this-world germs
  18. Your toothbrush holder is the third “germiest” places in your home, after the kitchen cloth and kitchen sink
  19. In an average day, your hand will have come into indirect contact with 15 penises (by touching door handles, etc)
  20. According to Blue Spruce Maids, there are around 200 times more fecal bacteria on a chopping board than on a toilet seat



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