We've all heard that well-traveled anecdote about how nearly all U.S. dollar bills contain trace amounts of cocaine. Or urine. Or botulism. Or any other number of awful substances.
For most people, a nice little bottle of hand sanitizer canÂ alleviateÂ any concern about money-riding bacteria. But citizens of Zimbabwe, where American currency is legal tender, have taken things a step further, by throwing the bills in the washing machine.
This Daily Mail article elaborates on the need for this:
Low denomination U.S. bank notes change hands until they fall apart, and the bills are routinely carried in underwear and shoes through crime-ridden slums.
Some have become almost too smelly to handle, so Zimbabweans have taken to putting their $1 bills through a spin cycle and hanging them up to dry with clothes pins.
It's the best solution - apart from rubber gloves or disinfectant wipes - in a continent where the U.S. dollar has long been the currency of choice and where the lifespan of a dollar bill far exceeds the U.S. Federal Reserve expectation.
Forgive the pun, but that sort of gives a whole new meaning to the term "dirty money".