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9 of the Most Disgusting Things You're Probably Using RN

Go ahead. Splurge on a primo cleaning lady, insist your kiddos remove their shoes as soon as they cross the threshold, and wash your puppy every day. Or not. Because either way, your house is still disgusting.

Not just YOUR house. But like, every house. Your "indoor microbial ecosystem" (which is the scientific term for filth) contains 50 percent more germy germs than outside.

Want to know what some of the top offenders are? Don't say we didn't warn you.


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2Kitchen Sponges

Cutting boards are always pegged as the bad guys when it comes to germs. And yeah, they are pretty nasty. But nothing compared to kitchen sponges.

One study found bacteria like salmonella and E. coli in 75 percent of the sponges they tested. So maybe don't try to get that extra load of dishes with that ratty old sponge.

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3Salt and Pepper Shakers

When you're sick with a virus like the flu, sneezing and coughing all over the place, those germs literally slide off YOU and onto stuff you touch. Like ... the salt and pepper shakers on your table. Clean them off already!

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4Your Bathtub

Can't wait to unwind in a nice, hot bath? Maybe you should skip this slide. Just over a quarter of all bathtubs contain staph bacteria. Have a whirlpool tub? Chances are good that it contains fungi and fecal matter as well.

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5The Washing Machine

Washing your clothes with cold water will clean them. But sanitize them? Not even close. Your undies -- yep, including the ones you have on now -- are some of the biggest bacterial offenders. The average CLEAN pair has about a tenth of a gram of poop. And the rest is hanging out in your washer, waiting to cross-contaminate your other clothes.

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Up to 89 percent of kitchen towels are harboring coliform bacteria, which is found in both animal and human digestive tracts and has no place, really, being wiped all over your clean dishes. And no, this is not a PSA brought to you by the paper towel industry. (Although, uh, the study that found this number was.)

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7The TV Remote

Just how gross can TV remotes be, you ask? SO gross that one study found they were the highest carrier of bacteria in a hospital room. All together now: Ewwwww.

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8That Water Bottle You Just Took a Swig From

Your trusty water bottle is crawling with bacteria -- more than 300,000 colony-forming units per square centimeter (CFU/sq cm.) To put that into perspective: the average pet toy has less than 3,000 CFU.

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