While intuitively I knew that grocery carts had to be germ factories, I did not think that they would be worse than a public restroom. But lets think about it. Do you ever wipe down the child seat area before you put the bread and fragile groceries in it? Hmmm. It is part of the cart that is designed for infants and todders in diapers to sit on. And you know how sanitary these kids are.
I am not trying to gross you out, but it is something to think about.
Grocery store shopping cart handles have more germs than public restrooms, making them one of the worst public places for germs, according to researchers.
It’s a problem that at least one state, Arkansas, is trying to address, by passing a law forcing stores to clean up their carts.
How germy could shopping carts really be? Very, according to researchers at the University of Arizona who tested all kinds of public surfaces. They found that shopping carts were loaded with more saliva, bacteria and even fecal matter than escalators, public telephones, and even public bathrooms.
The only surfaces that had more germs were playground equipment and bus rails. via ABC News