What are the germiest places in your home?

Published On: Dec 28 2012 06:30:33 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 28 2012 10:45:00 PM EST

You've heard it over and over again: wash your hands.  It sounds simple enough but the act of washing could actually save you from some of the germs lurking where you spend a lot of time.

Most people spend more time at the office than any place else, and it can be a dangerous place.

A study from the University of Arizona found the average office desk harbors 400-times more germs than the average toilet seat!

Exactly where are they hiding? The phone is home to more than 25,000 microbes per square inch and holds the title of the No. 1 germiest place in the office.

Be careful with those keys! Keyboards have nearly 3,300 microbes per square inch. That’s 3,300 microbes between the “A” and the “D.” Just think about the rest. The average toilet seat has less than 50 microbes.

To keep clean, spray, wipe and sanitize. The CDC says stock your desk and your purse with wipes containing at least 60 percent alcohol content.

If you think staying home is the key to avoiding germs, your wrong.  The National Sanitation Foundation or NSF did testing around the house and here is their top five germiest places in the home:

                                       5.  Coffee reservoir
                                       4.  Pet bowl
                                       3. Toothbrush holder
                                       2. Kitchen sink
                                       1. Kitchen sponge/dish rag


Read NSF's 10 Germiest Places In The Home and ways to clean these places properly.