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This Is the Dirtiest Thing at a Gas Station–and It’s Not in the Bathroom

Reader's Digest logo Reader's Digest 11/8/2017 Brittany Gibson

a sign in front of a building © Vytautas Kielaitis/Shutterstock vytautas kielaitis/Shutterstock While some gas station restrooms are pleasantly cleaner and more modern than others, we’ve all come across the ones that just… aren’t. Without question, most people would assume that the restroom’s toilet seat is the dirtiest place in the station. Surprisingly, there are a lot of everyday things that are dirtier than a toilet seat—and this one thing is definitely one of them. 

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As it turns out, the dirtiest thing at a gas station is the pump handle. According to cleantechnica.com, the research was conducted by “Dr. Germ,” or more commonly known as University of Arizona microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba. “The findings of the new work are pretty clear—71 percent of all the gas-pump handles that were sampled were ‘highly contaminated’ with sorts of microbes most highly associated with illness and disease.”

Depending on what kind of car you have, you might be touching this germ-ridden handle way more than you’d like to admit. Fortunately, we have some good news. There are plenty of ways to keep yourself healthy while still running your weekly errands—like learning how you’re washing your hands wrong and staying on top of cleaning all of these things in your house.

Keep your hands off your face: Look around a coffee shop and you'll see a good number of people resting their face in their hands. But unless you are washing your face or applying moisturizer, hands off! According to Matthew Lee, microbiologist, 'Your hands contain oils that can plug your pores and worsen your acne. The germs on your fingers can exacerbate this effect.' So to help keep your face clean and pimple-free, don't touch. These are the acne treatments dermatologists use on themselves. 8 Parts of Your Body You Should Never Touch
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