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Shopping Cart Handles Informative - Cr@ppy Carts

Review by lexophiliac on 2011-12-05
We all know germs and bacteria are prevalent on shopping cart handles, but have you ever wondered what germs and bacteria they are most commonly covered with?

Researchers at the University of Arizona wondered. They tested the handles of 85 shopping carts in four states and found 72% were covered in fecal bacteria.


Shopping carts are rarely disinfected as much as bathrooms are, so a bathroom might actually be cleaner.

It is up to the consumer to wash off and disinfect the handles, because stores usually don’t.

Many stores provide disinfectant wipes at or near the entrance, but it is not a bad idea to carry your own travel pack of wipes or small bottle of hand sanitizer and tissues.
Comments:22 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-12-06
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-05:
Makes me wonder how shopping cart handles get so crappy. Doesn't anyone wash their hands? It's really disgusting when you think about it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-05:
Kinda makes you wonder how fecal matter got there doesn't it? Actually, I don't wanna know.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-12-05:
This must explain why so many stores have put out wipes - these studies have leaked out, much the same way fecal matter has leaked onto most shoppers' hands.

Not a pleasant topic, but I have to admit it is an important one.
Posted by JayByJay on 2011-12-05:
People always seem surprised to learn that there's poo everywhere.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-05:
Posts like this are exactly why I won't eat at buffets.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-05:
I love the disinfectant wipes by the meat aisle. I have this OCD about the blood inside the packages touching my hands and thus contaminating everything in my cart.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-05:
I ALWAYS wipe off the handle b4 I touch it. I get the wipe first, then the cart. Post like this is why I don't eat at 'potlucks'
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-05:
I may never go shopping again
Posted by Churro on 2011-12-05:
Eh, that which does not kill us makes us stronger. I've noticed the sickliest people I know are the ones who constantly go to the doctor and walk through life armed with various forms of purell. Statistics show it ain't the germs on the door knobs that are killing us but rather the garbage we put into our stomachs made with and ate with clean hands.

It's a dirty little planet and it always has been but fortunately for us through eons of exposure and evolution our immune systems are up for the challenge. Well, that is if you don't mother hen it to death.

Good post... I'm gonna have to share it.
Posted by Skye on 2011-12-05:
Good review. Even before I became a mom, I've always carried those sanitizing wipes, because everything out there is full of germs, and yes we need germs, but I don't want to catch preventable things.

One more thing I'd like to point out. NEVER put your food in the baby carry seat. They poop in their diapers and clothing, and that particular seat is infested with e-coli amongst other nasty germs.
Posted by JD_Straw on 2011-12-05:
Germs on the doorknob are nothing to be sneezed at! I don't eat out. I do not trust eating in restaurants. I have worked at several restaurants and I see the nastiness that goes on in the kitchens and dining rooms. For some reason people don't like to wash their hands, even after using the bathroom. Kitchen workers use mops, dirty mop water, dirty mop buckets, they pull trash and garbage in order to dump this trash and garbage into the outside dumpster; they then go right back into the kitchen areas without washing their hands, and right back to the food prep and/or cooking areas and continue handling food. They drop food on the floor and still serve it to the customer, re-use the biscuits and bread sticks that are left over by the customers that have eaten and left the restaurant, scratch their body parts, pick or blow their noses, burst pimples on each other's faces, sample food using the same spoon they are cooking with, then go right back to using that same spoon to stir the food that is cooking and on and on and on! They do all kinds of things while cooking and preparing food and they never seem to think they need to wash their hands afterward. They just don't believe in frequent hand washing or sanitation. There are other nasty things that go on that, if most customers knew about, they'd stop eating out entirely and go home and cook and eat their own food. When I did work in restaurants I either brought my own lunch from home or prepared what I personally ate because of what I observed. I am a clean person and I like cleanliness, especially in anything that goes into my stomach.
Posted by MRM on 2011-12-05:
At my job, I would get a paper towel to touch the door handle. And if I touch the door handle with my bare hands, I would immediately wash my hands with soap and water.
Posted by lexophiliac on 2011-12-05:
I am no germophobe. I understand the correlation between exposure and immunity buildup and its importance, however; E-coli is one exposure I can live very happily with out.

At the heighth of this retail season, spread the word to make a conscious effort to take simple precautions and limit spreading to that of good cheer, not just for the holiday, but all throughout the year.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-12-05:
Ok, so people laughed at me because I always used one of those plastic bags they have for fruits and veggies and lay it out on the seat of the cart. Why? Because I always think about all the little kids that sit in those cart seats and have leaky diapers and worse...I'mma not gonna put my food products on it. I guess they won't be laughing at the Basher anymore! *Sticks my tongue out at all those people who snickered at me*
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-12-05:
great info!!
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-05:
I am in agreement with Churro and lexo's comments. It's been proven that all the antibacterial stuff people use is doing more harm than good. But E-coli is also something I can live without.

Skye, I hadn't thought of that. I usually put the produce in the fold-down seat, but it's in plastic bags. I may have to rethink that now that you've put the seed of thought in my mind.
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-12-05:
every human is exposed to e-coli daily. it is how the body deals with it is what is different to each indivdual.
Posted by Fufu487 on 2011-12-05:
I'm all about living easy and letting my immune system do it's job. However, i find it utterly DISGUSTING when someone leaves the washroom and doesn't wash their hands. I use a public bathroom regularly because I work in a place open to the general public, and I see it WAY to often. It's disturbing.
Posted by Skye on 2011-12-05:
I agree Fufu. I do my best to avoid public restrooms, but sometimes you just cannot wait until you get home.

I touch NOTHING. I flush with my foot, use the seat liners to lock and unlock the bathroom stall door. Then after I exit, and wash my hands, I still keep my paper towel in my hand, to exit the main bathroom door.

And that's how I roll!
Posted by MRM on 2011-12-05:
Skye, I do everything that you mentioned! At my job, every time I use the restroom, I would put toilet paper around the seat. I also use my knuckles to push the elevator buttons.
Posted by Starlord on 2011-12-05:
I have to agree with Churro on this one. Just like any other system in the body, our immune systems need to work to become stronger. A famous saying is thatm that which is used , develops, while that which is not used wastes away. The late George Carlin said he was healthy (not counting his heart troubles) because as s kid, he swam in the East River in New York, which is one step removed from raw sewage. Kids should have dogs or other pets. I spent many years on a farm in southern Indiana, with all that is included, walking barefoot in cow pies and in the barn, playing and working with animals in close proximity. The current obsession with keeping kids in a sterile environment is helping to develop superbugs that laugh at antibiotics. Your immune system needs to practice 0on milder bacteria so it can tackle the really bad stuff out there.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-06:
"The current obsession with keeping kids in a sterile environment is helping to develop superbugs that laugh at antibiotics."

That, and the overuse of antibiotics. Soon nothing will work! Then what?

Kids that grew up on farms around animals and dirt have less allergies as adults. I was raised in a super clean environment and suffer with allergies. Same with my daughter. By the time my son came along, things weren't so clean anymore, and he has no allergies. It makes sense.

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