That’s according to Dr Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona in the US.
Watch out for these culprits:
1. YOUR PURSE
The bottom of your bag is teeming with thousands of bacteria per square centimetre, Gerba’s research shows. Germs climb aboard when you set your bag on the floor, so keep it on your shoulder or lap – and opt for leather bags, which are easy to disinfect with a weekly wipe.
2. YOUR DASHBOARD
Car consoles in warm climates are home to loads of bacteria, while those in colder areas are prone to mould, Gerba’s research shows. Use antibacterial wipes to clean your dash, radio, and indicator and light switches.
3. FRESH PRODUCE
Water misters and fans make fruit and veg look pretty, but the sprinklers and vents can be filled with bacteria, which then get deposited on your dinner. So be sure to scrub produce under cold water, then pat it dry before putting it away in your fridge.
By Gina Roberts-Grey