Ewwww: more germs found on credit cards than on a toilet
A new study by finance website, LendEDU, finds that credit cards and debit cards are near the top of the list when it comes to germs. Cards even have more germs than cash.
After testing various surfaces, with higher scores indicating more germs, and lower scores indicating less bacteria, the results showed that the average payment card had a germ score of 285
But some payment cards recorded germs scores over 1,200.
By comparison, A New York City subway pole had a score of 68 and a bathroom at Penn Station, a score of 163.
Five dollar bills are the dirtiest form of cash, with a score of 216. Coins, it turns out, are the cleanest currency of all, with an average score of 136.
Just remember, the next time you swipe your card wash your hands.