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FACTS & TRIVIA: Staphylococcus; Listeria; Campylobacter; E. Coli; etc.
In Florida, a 7th grade student recently won a school science fair by proving there was more bacteria in ice machines at fast-food restaurants than in toilet bowl water.
According to University of Arizona researchers, TV remote controls in hospital rooms are worse carriers of bacteria than the toilet handles.
The most dangerous sources of virulent bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and others, is the typical kitchen sponge and 'dish cloths' in American homes. They provide a source of moisture, a ready food supply in the form of food particles, and an easy surface to which the bacteria may cling. They can easily be disinfected however, by placing the sponge in a microwave oven for 60 to 120 seconds. The odor is improved too!