Would you instead lick a toilet seat, or drink from a water bottle you’ve already use a couple of times?
Wrong. It turns out that those reusable water bottles have the potential to carry morebacteria than a toilet seat.
Research carried out byTreadmill Reviews found thatstraw-top bottles were covered in 25 colony-forming divisions per square centimeter( CFU/ sq cm) of bacteria. This to be two CFU/ sq cm less than the average toilet seat at home.
Alarmingly, it gets worse. Much worse.
The average reusable water bottle has 313,499 CFU/ sq cm.
According to the study, which tested 12 water bottles, the most bacteria-ridden boat is a slide-top.
This had 933,340 CFU/ sq cm. Next was the squeeze-top at 161,971, and then the screw-top at 159,060.
To set this in perspective, the average puppy toy has 2,937 CFU/ sq cm.
* Hurls out every water boat in home*
Part of the study reads,
The different types of bottles we tested each hosted a unique combining of bacteria forms. Amazingly, 99 percentage of the germs on the squeeze-top bottles and 98 percentage of the germs on the screw-top bottles are the bad kind gram-negative rods( of which E. coli is one example .)
These types of germs have been known to cause conditions such as pneumonia and blood infections in health care decideds, and they can even defy antibiotics.
Well, that can’t be good.
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