LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sure, germs are everywhere. But before you whip out the anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, listen to this list of five not-so-dirty places that get a bad rap.
Check out the full list from Good Housekeeping: 8 Things You Think Are Dirty - But Aren't
1. The toilet - There's more E-coli in the average sink than in the toilet after you flush it. Actually, there's usually 200-times more fecal bacteria on a cutting board than on a toilet seat. Because you "perceive" your toilet as dirty, you're more likely to clean it.
2. Coins - Germs prefer soft, moist environments. Coins are made of metal, and metal has some anti-microbial properties. And like paper money, which has an anti-microbial coating, coins are dry.
3. Jewelry - Like coins, jewelry made from real copper, nickel, and silver makes a bad home for germs. That's especially true for silver, which is less likely to be made of a composite and can actually kill germs. The metal prevents germs from replicating and dividing.
4. Your backyard - Dirt is dirty, but that's different from being germy. There are lots of bacteria in your garden, but they're harmless to human health. Watch out for sandboxes, though because cats sometimes use them as a litter box.
5. Trash cans - Bathtubs are germier than trash cans. To sterilize your wastebasket, or anything else, use a disinfectant like chlorine bleach, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide.