gross things you touch everyday

We definitely won’t say that you have to be a germaphobe to worry about germs. Once you become pretty conscious about keeping your hands clean, it’s easy to pay attention to what you’re touching on a day-to-day basis that are harboring germs and bacteria – and potentially weakening your immune system! We know germs can spread fast and coming from the people who work hard to keep your couches and carpet clean and germ-free, you know we are all about protecting your health!

Here are eight of the germ infested areas you likely come in contact with every day, and tips for keeping your home clean and safe with the help from Chem-Dry of Greensboro. 

wood cutting board

Wood Cutting Boards

We’re sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this (or the thought has crossed your mind) since you can’t toss your wood cutting boards in the dishwasher! But did you know that they carry 200x more fecal bacteria than a toilet seat (Ew!). You should definitely give your wood cutting boards a nice scrub-down regularly with hot, soapy water. 

Cell Phone

The device that’s constantly in our hands actually contains about 10 times more germs than the average public restroom toilet seat. In fact, cell phones often contain bacteria, infections, pneumonia, food poisoning and more. Your hands and face are constantly transferring all sorts of germs to the surface of your phone! Do yourself a favor and swipe your phone, front and back, with a disinfecting wipe a few times a week to help keep it clean!

kitchen sink

Kitchen Sponges & Towels

Towels and sponges easily become filled with bacteria from food and your hands. In fact, a recent study found that kitchen sponges contain about 10 million bacteria per square inch—which adds up to about 200,000 more than the average toilet seat. Another study concluded that towels were actually filled with more E Coli and Salmonella than any other tested surface. This being said, make sure to switch out your towels every few days. It might seem like a lot, but if someone hasn’t washed their hands properly and dries them on the towel, it can breed more bacteria! 


Did you know that the average dollar bill touches about 14,000 sets of hands in its lifetime? And you just never know where those hands have been! These precious bills can actually be carriers for a variety of bacteria, pathogens, and even traces of drugs. That being said, while it’s always nice to have extra cash on hand, make sure to wash your hands after handling it! 

Shopping Carts

Shopping carts are exposed to many hands and food each day, which makes them easily contaminated. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your hand sanitized before and after you do your shopping. 

upholstered couch


Consider how many hours you and your family spend lounging on the couch. This is especially concerning when you know how much bacteria and allergens are filled in your soft upholstery fibers. I’m sure you’ve heard that upholstered couches act as giant air filters, which means that when you move around, these allergens are disturbed (and potentially floating around in your indoor air).

Remote Control

The next time you reach for the remote control, consider what could be lurking on its surface. And if you’re staying in a hotel, it’s even worse—with more than 13 times the maximum acceptable level of bacteria per cubic center allowed in hospitals.

Your Hands

We know it might be a little “excessive” to disinfect everything in your life that you come into contact with. You can, however, keep your hands clean. Start making it a habit to wash your hands as soon as you get home! This one simple step can reduce your risk of getting sick by about 50%!

hand washing

Eliminate Allergens And Bacteria With Chem-Dry 

The good news is, Chem-Dry can help keep bacteria and allergens under control in your home. In addition to washing your hands frequently, make it a habit to schedule routine cleanings with Chem-Dry of Greensboro. 

We can help with our revolutionary upholstery cleaning, carpet cleaning, and other cleaning services that are proven to eliminate virtually all bacteria and allergens from these areas.

Request an appointment with Chem-Dry of Greensboro today!