8 of the Germiest Public Places – Some May Surprise You


It’s an exciting world out there, but it can be pretty germy, too. That’s according to the editors of Prevention Magazine, who have compiled a list of the eight public places that bacteria like best.

1. Restaurant menus

Except for a quick swipe with a dirty rag, when was the last time you saw your menu being cleaned? Right after handing it back would be a good time for a PURELL moment.

2. Lemon wedges

According to a 2007 study in the Journal of Environmental Health, nearly 70% of lemon wedges on restaurant glasses contain disease-causing microbes—including, in some cases, E. coli and other fecal bacteria. How about skipping the fruit garnish?

3. Condiment dispensers

Remember those rarely cleaned restaurant menus? Ditto for the salt and pepper shakers, ketchup and mustard bottles and other shared table property. I'd give them a miss.....

4. Restroom door handles

Some people wash their hands before exiting public restrooms. Others don’t. Yikes. I usually just push the door open with my shoulder.

5. Bulk soap dispensers

Ironically, bulk soap dispensers can actually be a breeding ground for germs. Bulk soap dispensers are the kind where soap is poured into the top. One study showed that 25% were contaminated, some with fecal matter. While you don’t usually have a choice, the ones that use sealed cartridge-style refills are safe. You can get your refills from Astral Hygiene in either Gojo or Tork and we usually just give the dispensers out for free on a loan agreement!

6. Grocery carts

A University of Arizona study revealed that the handles of almost two-thirds of tested shopping carts were contaminated with fecal bacteria. In fact, the bacterial count on the typical supermarket cart handle exceeded that of the average public restroom. Where's the purell again?

7. Airplane restrooms

You’re 100 times likelier to catch a cold when you’re up in the air than on the ground. And that’s the least of your problems. When airplane bathrooms were tested, E. coli was found on faucets, doorknobs and other surfaces. Some antibac wipes might come in handy here!

8. Your doctor’s office

After all, it’s where sick people hang out.

Sure, the public can be a germy place, but have no fear. Just be sure and keep a small size bottle of PURELL with you for a quick burst of refreshing wellness.
Only PURELL® Brand Hand Sanitizer gives you this feeling of well being as you dine, shop, travel and explore your world.


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