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Your Showerhead is Dirty


The average computer keyboard is five times as filthy as a toilet seat. Flip-flops play host to more than 18,000 bacteria. And now we’ve learned that billions of microbes are lurking in your shower.


… Researchers (University of Colorado-Boulder) looked at 45 showerheads from across the U.S. and found that each showerhead was home to an average of several billion microbes per square centimeter. About half of the particles that come out of a showerhead are sufficiently small to penetrate the deep airways, meaning that each supposedly cleansing breath we take while showering could be full of foreign microbes.


… If you’re otherwise healthy, chances are that a grody showerhead won’t be your downfall. In fact, very few people have probably ever died of — or gotten sick from — showerhead microbes. As the report notes, we move through a “sea of microbial life” in our daily lives, so most of us don’t need to give up showering just yet.

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