If you thought public toilet to be dirtiest of all, probably you are wrong, as a new study claims that a car steering is far filthier than a public toilet seat.
According to a study conducted by researchers at Queen Mary University, London, while 80 bugs harbor on each square inch of a toilet, more than 700 harmful bacteria breed inside a car's interior.
In other terms, a car steering wheel is nine times more dirtier than a public toilet seat.
“A car is the perfect place for germs to breed, especially if you eat in it and leave litter or uneaten food around.”--Dr Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science at Queen Mary University, London
Car cleanliness neglected
During the survey, researchers found that 42 percent of the car owners regularly eat and drink while driving.
While a third of them bother to wipe the surfaces or clean the car 10 percent never care to clean or vacuum.
Most of the people bother to clean their house but they neglect cars and drive in “vehicles which resemble a rubbish bin,” stated Dr Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science at Queen Mary University, London
“A car is the perfect place for germs to breed, especially if you eat in it and leave litter or uneaten food around,” he added.
Cars harbor potentially harmful bugs
The study revealed that the car boot is the dirtiest. Around 1000 bugs lurk on each one and half square inch.
Researchers found that though most of the bugs were unlikely to lead to health problems, some cars were playing host to “number of potentially harmful bacterial species.”
Bacillus cereus, a bacteria which is found in starchy foods like rice, pasta, and potatoes, leading to food poisoning, was common in cars. Also, arthrobacter, found in soil and skin was quite common.
Considering the study findings, Dr. Cutler suggests that car owners should regularly clean their car inside and outside “to avoid potential health risks.”