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Restroom Sinks

The filthiest area in a restroom is the sink, our experts say. Bacteria, including E. coli, fester on the faucet and handles because people touch those surfaces right after using the toilet, explains panelist Charles Gerba, PhD. "The sink area is a moist environment, so bacteria can survive longer there," he adds.

Watch out for soap dispensers, too. When Gerba’s team tested liquid soap from refillable dispensers in public bathrooms, they found that one in four contained unsafe levels of bacteria.

Protect yourself: Wash your hands thoroughly after using a public loo: Lather with soap for at least 20 seconds, then rinse well.

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