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Computer Keyboard Could Contain Harmful Bacteria

Take a Lunch Break: Crumbs in Your Keyboard Could Make You Sick

This is seriously gross, so don't say I didn't warn you! You know all those theories that your cell phone and purse are dirtier than a public toilet? Well, it turns out that you may be able to add your keyboard to that list of bacteria-ridden items. Research composed by microbiologist James Francis found that office keyboards can harbor more germs and sickness inducing bacteria than the average toilet seat.

The main cause of contamination was crumbs stuck between keys that trigger the growth of bacteria, and the next germy culprit was people skipping the soap and water on their way out of the bathroom. Francis said, "These results are generally typical of offices up and down the country." Be sure to freshen up your keyboard regularly and stop feeling guilty about leaving your desk to eat lunch. I'm off to give my keyboard the best cleaning it has ever had — you?


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Those air cans are the best!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Those air cans are the best!
joy76 joy76 8 years
Me too!!! that can of air is awesome!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i always think about how much stuff is in my eyboard and it's not a nice thought. i hope the can of air does enough...i'd spray my keyboard with something that's a good disinfectant but i know that i would ruin the poor thing.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
Gross...I just flipped my keyboard upside down and gave it a good shaking, only to find tons of little crumbies and dust fall out! I definitely need to go get the canned air right now!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I have the Can O Air at my desk too.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
Our office installed antibacterial gel dispensers at the door so you can get a handful after opening the door and sanitize your hands on the way back to your desk. I also keep a bottle at my desk, and wipe my keyboard down if I touch it at all after being sick or eating.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I LOVE the can of air that cleans between the keyboards.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I'm constantly eating at my desk and honestly it's quite disgusting sometimes on the amount of crumbs that fall out of my keyboard. I do disinfect and dust my desk quite often though.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
This is why I have Clorox wipes at work!
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