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Are Women Germier than Men?

A recent study from the University of Arizona has found that a woman's workspace could contain up to four times the germs than those of her male counterpart. Despite her potentially neat appearance, a woman's desk typically has more germ attracting things on it like lotions and/or purses. The women in the study also tended to keep snacks at their desk and food is a prime target of microorganisms.

The top spots for a man's germs: His wallet and his PDA. Neither of which are shocking as my husband (and most men) always reach for one or the other.

Interesting finding, but before you go getting all bent out of shape about being germier than your man, I do think it is important to point out that Clorox, the king of disinfectant companies, commissioned the study. The earth shattering suggestions to get rid of the germs: Use a hand sanitizer on hands and a disinfectant (like Clorox Wipes, perhaps) on surfaces -- Once-a-day should be sufficient.

There is definitely nothing wrong with killing a few more germs than you normally would but try not to get too bent out of shape about it.

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grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
Eww, I sent my boyfriend to the office with alcohol-wipes this morning after reading this article. He's always bringing me home colds from his co-workers. I think FitSugar could be right about the company comissioning the tests capitalizing on the fact that women buy most cleaning products. Around the house I use only chlorine free bleach, vinigar and environmentally friendly cleaning products because the BF has asthma, I have a chemical sensitivity, and we have lots of pets, so we stay away from chemical cleaning ingredients.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i eat at my desk too..but i dont scrub it down! hehe..(oops) its probably germsville here :barf:
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Sometimes my desk is definitely worse than others...but I am very clean usually. I do eat at my desk every day, though, which I know is SO BAD but I probably scrub my desk down more than my own kitchen table (I DO spend all day there!).
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