News for those who feel rather smug wiping down a toilet seat before use: Toilet seats are the least of your germ worries.
Such is the news from LeeAnn Bryant, an infection preventionist at National Jewish Health, the national academic research facility in Denver.
Toilet seats didn’t even make her top 12 of the germ-clogged items surrounding us. Here they are. We’d say enjoy, but perhaps better to say …
Well, we’re not really sure what to say other than wash your hands. Please.
▪ Purse handles
▪ Smartphone (or, we’re guessing, a not-so-smart phone, too)
▪ Tablet computer
▪ Kitchen faucet handles
▪ Washer load of underwear (an aside: YECCCH!)
▪ Cutting board
▪ Pet food dish
▪ Kitchen sponge
If you wash your hands correctly, though, you can get that yuck off and thus reduce your risk of intestinal illness by 40 percent. So add 20 seconds to your time in the bathroom and scrub away.