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Germs Work Overtime

You're excited (for the most part at least) to be back at work after the holidays, refreshed and ready for the new year. What you may not be ready for is all of the germs lurking around your office, not in the bathroom, but at your very own workstation.

The germiest places at work are:

  • Your phone
  • Your desktop
  • Your keyboard
  • Your mouse
  • The fax machine
  • The photocopier

According to Charles Gerba Ph D., professor at the University of Arizona, the least amount of germs in the office are found on toilet seats because they, unlike your keyboard, get cleaned nightly -- On average germs can lurk around for 72 hours.

Fit's Tip: Best defense against office germs? Wash your hands! Be sure to check out Hand Washing 101 for tips on how to do it right. Still worried? You may want to go a little more high tech. Also, be very weary of the water cooler. The spout rarely (if ever) gets disinfected and people often fill up their already used water bottles using the same spout. What's gross is that many people do not notice if the bottle is touching the spout or not.

...With all that drinking out of the toilet, my dog may be a lot smarter than I originally thought.

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gagirl gagirl 9 years
The water spout thing is definitely a pet peeve of mine. I can't stand to see someone putting their bottle all the way up to the spout!!!!! UGH!!! It's so gross and I don't know why people don't pay attention to that. Why would I want to come behind someone else's germs??? The worst was one day (at work) there was actually lipstick on the spout. I thought I would die. How much contact does your bottle need to make to leave lipstick marks????? Gross.
DStirk DStirk 9 years
gross about the seeds j_stone! haha, def give your desk a good 2007 clean. I never thought about the water spout thing either..... gross. I always watch out for the office stapler or calculator.
J_Stone J_Stone 9 years
My 'cube' needs a New Years makeover. Its definelty dirty, there are sesame seeds from bagels that I have eaten a long long time ago! I always drink out of a Nalgene bottle and refill the same one everyday. Should I be washing it with dishsoap regulary , lately is been more like once a week.
Tech Tech 9 years
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I got a container of Clorox antibacterial wipes at my desk. People have been getting sick at my job lately :SICK: Sorry for the visual, LOL! Good point about the water spout too! Never would have thought of that.
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