Although a third of people believe their loo seat is the most germ-ridden place in the house, it might come as a shock that other areas are far more contaminated.

A study by Domestos and Unicef found that the average toilet seat has 1,600 germs per 100cm2, whereas the average computer game-pad controller was found to have a whopping 7,863 per 100cm2.

But, the most bacteria-coated object in the majority of British homes is the garden trampoline. Every bounce boasts bacteria levels of 640,000 per 100cm2.

But before you rush out with the bleach to scrub it down, remember that a certain amount of germs helps kids to grow strong immune systems. Ingraining simple hand washing into your children is the cheapest and most effective way to reduce the spread of bugs and sickness.