Believe it or not, the toilet seat gets a bad rap. The reality is, there are other items with your home carrying far more bacteria.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr Chuck Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona said: "It's [ttoilet seat] one of the cleanest things you'll run across in terms of micro-organisms.”
"It's our gold standard - there are not many things cleaner than a toilet seat when it comes to germs."
In defence of the golden throne's cleanliness, here are five items dirtier than the toilet seat.
The chopping board
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that wooden chopping board you use on a daily basis is riddled with germs.
"There are about 200 times more faecal bacteria on a typical chopping board compared to the average toilet seat," Dr Gerba told Fairfax media.
The animal bowl
How often do you clean your dog or cat’s bowl? According to Public health organisation NSF International, it’s the fourth dirtiest item in your home.
The washing machine
The moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It turns out your dirty clothes transfer millions of bacteria to this essential appliance.
According to 2010 study out of the UK, your phone has 18 times more bacteria than the flush in a men’s toilet.
Gerba told the ABC bacteria found in some handbags is equal to that of a restroom floor.
"We found bacteria that can cause skin infections on the bottom of purses," he said. "What's more amazing is the large numbers we find on the bottom of purses, which indicates that they can be picking up a lot of other germs like cold viruses or viruses that cause diarrhoea."