Gas Pumps Top List of Germiest Objects ...followed by mailbox handles and escalator rails By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Oct 25, 2011 4:35 PM CDT 9 comments Comments Gas pump handles topped a recent list of America's germiest objects to touch. (Getty Images) (Newser) – You may use hand sanitizers in rest rooms, but how about gas stations, mail boxes, and ATM machines? A new survey of America's yuckiest touchables found that 71% of gas pump dispensers and 68% of mailbox handles were highly contaminated with high-risk germs. Next on the list were escalator rails at 43% and ATM buttons at 41%. Coming in fourth and fifth were parking meters and crosswalk buttons, at 40% and 35%, respectively, the Detroit Free Press reports.