Have you wondered if you do enough to eliminate germs in your home or office? You may think you do a great job sanitizing commonly touched surfaces. But what about commonly touched items? They may hold more germs and harmful microbes than you think. Below, we’ll discuss some of the more common items that hold onto microbes.

Office Coffee Mugs

Does your office building have shared coffee mugs? Simply rinsing them out doesn’t do you any good when it comes to germ reduction. You need to thoroughly clean them in order to reduce the number of germs on them. The best way to do that is to take them home at the end of the day and giving them a good cleaning there.

Cell Phones

Your cell phone is one of the most germiest items. After all, think of how often you use it throughout the day. That’s a lot of chances it has to collect germs. Luckily, it’s simple to remove germs and other harmful microbes from your phone. Choose a specific time of day to wipe down your phone with a bleach wipe. Get in that habit so you know your phone doesn’t cause you to get sick.

Bath Towels

Many people assume that bath towels don’t have germs because only clean hands touch them. But most bath towels are exposed to the air, which contains harmful microbes. So when your clean hands touch the towel, you put more germs back on your hands. If the towel is in your home, clean it regularly. If it’s in an office, opt for single use towels to cut down on the shared towel experience.


Paper money and coins hold on to many different germs and microbes because they change hands so often. The germs work their way into the pores of the money and stay there while going from person to person. If possible, use a credit or debit card for purchases to cut down on germ spread.

Purses and Backpacks

Your purse, wallet, and backpacks hold on to many different kinds of germs. Because they typically rest on different surfaces, they come into contact of other people’s germs and bacteria from any kind of spill that wasn’t properly cleaned up.

Reusable Grocery Bags

Reusable grocery bags reduce the amount of plastic in the environment, but they hold on to germs much more easily. Whether it’s bacteria from meat that your products held or picking up germs from shopping carts, these reusable grocery bags hold many different germs. Sanitize the bags after use to reduce the number of germs.

These common items that hold onto microbes are items you probably use every day. Through sanitation efforts, you can work to reduce the number of germs on each of the items. Additionally, our equipment works to reduce the occurrence of certain microbes in the air and on surfaces of your home or office. If you’re looking for effective microbe reduction, turn to Extreme Microbial Technologies. Our team will show you how our equipment works and how it will benefit you in the long run. If you’re ready to get started with our equipment, give us a call now.