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Sponges, bathtub harbor a lot of germs

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- Many U.S. adults know the bathtub is where many falls occur, but they do not know that the bathtub can also harbor a lot of germs.

Only 5 percent of Americans identified the home as the place where their children are most likely to catch an infection, and only 3 percent believed the bathtub was most likely a place to harbor germs, according to the survey conducted by the Global Hygiene Council, sponsored by Lysol.

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The study shows that staph germs, which can cause serious staph infections, lived on 26 percent of the bathtubs tested.

The bathtub was second only to the kitchen sponge -- 19,386,720 total bacteria per square foot were found on the sponge, while 17,203,391 total bacteria were found per square foot on the bathtub. The study also found:

-- The bathroom sink had 393,618 total bacteria per square foot.

-- The kitchen floor had 118,000 total bacteria per square foot.

-- The kitchen counter top had 70,208 total bacteria per square foot.

-- Toys had 49,680 total bacteria per square foot.

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