We usually don’t think twice when using a shopping trolley but are we damaging our health because of it?
According to a new laboratory test by EMLab P&K, a shopping trolley has 361 times more bacteria than a bathroom door handle!
The bacteria found on surface handles of trollies ranges from harmless to significantly harmful. Harmful bacteria can cause salmonella and pneumonia due to the presence of gram-negative bacteria commonly associated with E.coli along with Bacillus, a gram-positive bacteria linked to triggering the effects of food poisoning.
Less harmful types include yeast (which is less harsh to humans) and gram-positive bacteria.
To keep things hygienic, thoroughly wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer after usage. You can also clean the handle with antibacterial wipes before shopping.
This article originally appeared on BHG.