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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Models walk the runway presenting handbags and accessories at the Anya Hindmarch show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at on February 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Think your cash is the dirtiest thing in your wallet? Well think again.

It’s actually our credit and debit cards. Our cards carry the most bacteria out of anything in our wallets or purses. Out of a test that consisted of bills, coins, and cards, cards were found to possess the most germs. With a bacteria score of 285, you may not want to read on…

 

So what does 285 mean? Let’s compare.

A restaurant’s dining table should have a germ score of 10 or less, hopefully zero majority of the time. To make matters worse, a score of ten or less is considered sanitary!

The bar side of our credit cards that we swipe with, are dirtier than the front side with our names.

In comparison to 285, cash bills scored 160 and coins were just a bit lower, at 136. So, they’re up there as well on the germ scale, but not as bad as those cards.

Get this, the dirtiest card that was tested for germs during the research study was found to be even dirtier than a McDonald’s fast food door handle and a New York City subway pole. A subway pole!

Might be useful to use that dirty little monster in your purse to buy some hand sanitizer the next time you go out. Just remember to put it to use after swiping!