Three of the Worst Places to Leave Your TV Remote Controls
Did you know that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans over the age of 15-years-old watch an average of 2.8 hours of television per day? In total, we spend just under half of our total leisure time in a given week catching up on our favorite shows, watching sports games, and melting our brains with reality television. America, in other words, is the land of television.
One of the most essential parts of our viewing experience is TV remote controls. Without the remote, we can’t change the channel or the volume — heck, we can’t really enjoy our favorite shows at all. That’s why people go absolutely crazy about TV remote replacement when one goes missing.
Given that we’re constantly putting our hands all over our remotes, we need to be careful about where we leave them, just as a matter of health and safety. Think that sounds a little crazy? Here’s what could happen if you leave your TV remote controls in the dirtiest places in your house.
Three Disgusting Places in Your Home You Should Never Leave TV Remote Controls
- Anywhere within Five Feet of a Litter Box
- Anywhere in the Kitchen
- The Worst Place? Your Bathroom
If you own a cat, one of the worst places you can possibly leave your Toshiba remote control is near the litter box. As you well know, anything within five feet of the box is fair game for being scooped into the box to cover their business. As the Centers for Disease Control point out, handling anything that has been in used litter is a great way to contract toxoplasmosis, a parasite that can cause death in extreme cases. Needless to say, you’ll need replacement remote controls if they’re scooped into the cat box.
Despite what we like to think, our kitchens are generally wretched hives of scum and villainy. On one spot on the counter there is dried chicken goop, on another blood from the steak you had last night. In other words, you never want to put your remote anywhere near where you cook your food. As Huffington Post writes, your remote is also likely covered in germs from you sneezing and coughing all over it, too. In short, eating areas and remote controls don’t mix.
Why anyone ever brings their TV remote controls with them into the bathroom is beyond me, but it still happens quite regularly. Consider, as the UK’s Daily Mail suggests, just flushing the toilet sends a noxious cloud of germs and particulate into the air, helping to spread all sorts of nasty things. Do you really want to be revisiting those same germs every time you pick up your remote?
What are some of the worst places you’ve left television remote controls? Let us know in the comment section below. References.