How Dirty is a Door Handle? The Shocking Truth Revealed

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You may not have put much thought into this before, but door handles are one of the most germ-ridden surfaces you can encounter, both in homes and in commercial buildings. 


Think about how many people touch a door handle in a day. Then think about how many times each person will touch that same door handle in one day. Finally, now think about what else that person has touched throughout the whole day. 


It’s not a pretty image. 


Furthermore, how many people do think to wipe down a door handle before using it in terms of being cleaned?


The answer is likely to be not many. 


So, how exactly dirty are door handles, and what can you do to avoid this hot spot for bacteria?


Keep reading to find out! 


What Germs are Living on Your Door Handles?

Door handles are among the top five dirtiest objects in your home, with on average five different bacteria living on a door handle at any given time. The most common disease caused by door handle bacteria is the common cold. This is because this virus is predominantly spread by direct contact with an object or surface that has been contaminated by the infection and then by touching your face. 


Furthermore, with the rise of COVID-19 and studies showing that people who touch dirty surfaces or door handles often forget to wash their hands before touching their face, it has never been more important to be vigilant of how bacteria can enter your body and how to prevent it from doing so. 


How to Avoid Dirty Door Handles?

The simplest way to protect yourself from door handles that are riddled with bacteria and germs is to remove them from your home or commercial building. With the emergence of sliding doors, which should be called hygienic doors, there is no need for anyone to have to touch a dirty door handle ever again.


From a contactless door that automatically opens when someone approaches it using motion sensors to an auto pet door that allows your cat or dog complete freedom to enter and exit your home to your backyard without the need for you to even be at home, let alone have to touch a door handle, there are so many innovative options when it comes to automatic sliding doors. 


How to Clean Door Handles?

Now that you know just how dirty your door handles can get, you probably want to know what is the best way to clean them. Fortunately, this is a very straightforward process. All you need are some disinfecting wipes, preferably ones that contain an ingredient called quaternary ammonium (quats or QUACs), as these compounds are known for having antimicrobial properties. 


In terms of how often to clean your door handles, this is completely up to you and will be dependent on how many people are using the door handles in your home or at your place of work. That being said, wiping down a door handle only takes a matter of seconds, so why not do it each time before you touch one?