Germs get a bad rap, but they do more than just make us sick. In fact, the good ones help keep us alive. Check out these ten fascinating facts about the oldest known life-form on earth.
Top 10 Things
You Don’t Know About Germs
- Good bacteria, such as those our body naturally produces, and probiotics protect us from dangerous bacteria and aid in our digestion and immunity.
- Sweat is actually odorless. The smell comes when sweat combines with the bacteria on the body.
- Bad bacteria—or pathogens—can cause diseases and infections like pneumonia, meningitis, and food poisoning. The best way to protect against harmful bacteria is to wash your hands and disinfect household surfaces. Expert tip: Lysol® Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays knock out 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.
- Bacteria is used in the fermenting process to make, among other treats, chocolate, coffee, wine, cheese, and pickles.
- There are more bacteria in a person’s mouth than people in the world—which is why the human bite can be as dangerous as an animal bite, if not more so. And as for a kiss? A Dutch study revealed that two people could exchange up to 80 million bacteria in a 10-second smooch.
- Your body—from your mouth to your skin to your gut—is crawling with trillions of microorganisms. If you were to collect all of the bacteria in your body, it would weigh approximately 4 pounds.
- A study of 60 peoples’ belly buttons discovered 2,368 bacterial species, 1,458 of which “may be new to science.” One person in the study had a bacterium that was previously only found in soil from Japan even though he had never been to the country.
- Despite what most people think, money does not usually harbor many germs. A study by NSF International, a consumer safety organization, found that kitchen sponges are far more likely to have a high germ count.
- On average, smartphones harbor 18 times more bacteria than the handle of a toilet seat. Experts recommended cleaning your electronics with a disinfecting wipe every few days.
- The germiest place in your house? Your kitchen. One study showed that bacteria that causes foodborne illnesses, such as E.coli and salmonella, reside on many of the surfaces and appliances in our kitchens. To avoid these dangerous pathogens, make sure to disinfect everything, from the cutting board to the refrigerator handle, with Lysol® Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays.