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Computer Mouse and Keyboard Each Have Over 700 Germs Per Square Inch

Your Keyboard and Mouse: The Germiest Things on Your Desk

Yuck! This month's Marie Claire pinpoints the dirtiest things on your desktop, and what were at the top of the list?

Your mouse, at 846 germs per square inch, and your keyboard, at 719.

It's not that shocking considering that these are the two things you constantly have your hands on all day (minus points if you, like me, ever eat at your desk). And if you ever sneeze or cough with your hand over your mouth while sitting at your computer, you can't always get up and wash your hands right away — but the polite move of covering your mouth just became a germ-spreader when you put that hand back on your mouse and keys.

Are you a little bit leery to click and type now? Bust out some baby wipes and use my other gadget cleaning tips and keep your area germ free!

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Calimie Calimie 8 years
LOL, I know. Still, I'm not a germophobe and I believe they boost the inmune system so I'm not very bothered. I do clean them every now and then though. Now, public computers... I feel like I need gloves to use them.
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
Doesn't surprise me... But that kind of reminds me of the keyboards in one of the computer labs here on campus. They're Macs, so the keyboard is white -- except that it's so grimy it's dark gray! Think they would appreciate it if I dunked them in a bucket of bleach? lol
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I clean mine every Monday. :) Yay bleach-free wipes!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I clean mine everyday. :)
Angelica Angelica 8 years
Icky! Reaching for the Clorox wipes now.
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