How Long do Germs Survive on Surfaces

Even if you clean all day, there are still hidden germs that can creep into your home. Many of these germs can get you and your family sick. According to studies from the CDC and other medical physicalities, there are many places in your home where germs can hide. Some of the dirtiest places include:

Doorknobs and Light Switches 

Certain germs can live on doorknobs for 24 hours but others can live for weeks. A germy doorknob can make your entire family sick in a matter of hours. Children are especially susceptible to these types of illnesses, so it is recommended that you wipe down your doorknobs and light switches with a cleaning solution at least twice a week.  

Digital devices 

Many studies have identified cellphones as the dirtiest item that most people come in contact with multiple times a day. Scientists believe that there is an average of 25,127 germs on a cellphone screen. For this reason, it is suggested that you clean your cell phone at least twice a day with a slightly damp cloth and cleaning solution. 

The Air 

You may be surprised to know that some of the most dangerous and invisible germs are the ones in the air. Studies have shown that there are over 1,800 types of living organisms in the air that can make you sick. Use a quality air purifier to clean the air and remove particles that can make you ill.   

The Flush Handle 

Toilets are often the last thing people want to clean in their homes. A dirty toilet will not only be horrible to look at, but it can smell and become a breeding ground for germs. Studies have shown that on the average toilet seat handle there can be up to 34,000 germs or more. It is suggested that you clean your toilet handles once a day with a quality solution.   

Bathroom Sink Faucet Handle 

Many common household germs are invisible to the human eye and can remain on surfaces for extended periods of time. Bathroom sink faucets are known carriers of germs and other harmful microorganisms. It is recommended that they get cleaned about once a day, as much as you would clean your toilet flush handle. To save cleaning time and slow the spread of harmful germs many people have turned to touchless bathroom sink faucets. These faucets reduce illness by limiting the amount of contact between dirty hands and commonly touched surfaces.   


During this time of isolation, TheLAShop wants you to stay as safe a possible. This means you must keep your home clean as it directly affects your health.