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In Need of Cubicle Cleanup

After coming across some frightening statistics on germs in an office cubicle, I could hardly stomach lunch at my desk before I launched a full-out assault on the filth lurking around my cube. Now, I'm passing the word along — it's time to scrub down your desk and make regular cleanings a part of your healthy office lifestyle. Remember, if you're eating, drinking, and sitting for hours on end in this space, you're picking up all the germs and carting them with you, home and back, day after day. Just to give you an idea of how dirty your desk space really is, University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, Ph.D. reports that the "typical desk—home to the rarely cleaned keyboard, mouse, and phone—carries 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat." Yuck.

If that's not enough to inspire some cube cleanup, get the breakdown on the germs sharing your office space when you read more.

Here it is — the nitty gritty on the germiest places in your office, courtesy of Marie Claire:

  • Keyboard: 719 germs per square inch
  • Mouse: 846
  • Handbag: 882
  • Desktop: 1270
  • Phone: 2180
  • Chair: 67,700
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winglessfruitfly winglessfruitfly 5 years
what's a good way to clean my chair with things I can find around the office? I really hate when people sit in it.
Advah Advah 6 years
Cleaning my desk on Monday! For some reason I get grossed out when people use my keyboard and mouse and it's still warm when I want to use it.
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 6 years
i'm a little obsessive about my desk being clean. i eat lunch at my desk every day, but my work provides the lysol wipes :) i clean my mouse, keyboard and desk every morning and then again before I eat lunch. And I'm constantly sanitizing and washing my hands :)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I work in a microbiology lab. Germs are sort of EVERYWHERE, people! You don't have to Clorox-wipe your keyboard and your mouse every day, just wash your hands before and after you eat and when you leave for the day.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
everyone's such a germaphobe. I never clean my desk and I never get sick.
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