If you don't meticulously wash your hands after touching something in your office's kitchen, this information might change that.

I'm sure nobody looks at their workplace's communal kitchen and thinks of the word "cleanliness." But what do you think is the dirtiest item? The trash can? The sink?

Turns out stuff like teabags and coffee extras are the worst with an average bacterial reading of 3,785, which is over 17 times more than a toilet seat (220).

More gross things include coffee pot handles (2,483), rims of used mugs (1,746), and refrigerator door handles (1,592).

"If you stop to think about the number of different hands that touch things such as the kettle handle, tea bag box lid, mugs, and so on, the potential for cross contamination really adds up," says Dr Peter Barrett of Initial Washroom Hygiene.

Read more at Metro.