Despite the billions of germs we’re exposed to on a daily basis, we tend to ignore them in the hopes that they’re simply not there. However, as much as you’d like to pretend that your office is as clean as can be, you may be surprised to discover some unexpected culprits responsible for making you sick every once in a while.
That’s right. We’ve discovered 10 of the dirtiest objects found in your office space. Ready?
- Kitchen sink
Surprisingly, the kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest places in your office. Containing roughly 500,000 bacteria per square inch (which is about as big as half your thumb), not taking into consideration the drain and faucet. Always decontaminate your sink at least once a week with baking soda and vinegar.
- Light switch
We all have to touch it at some point, whether you’re the first one to switch it on or the last to leave the office. Although not as dirty as a sink, the office light switch can contain as many as 217 bacteria per square inch. Don’t forget to add the light switch to your list of “must clean’s”.
- Door knob
Have you ever thought about the dangers of touching the restroom door knob? Although not advised, many of us avoid washing our hands after using the restroom. In order to leave the restroom, you have to touch the door knob, spreading germs. Remember to use a paper towel or tissue to open the door.
- Cell phone
If you’re a germaphobe, you may be in for a nasty surprise; enduring everyday hassle trying to remain germ-free. Due to the heat generated from a cell phone, thousands of germs are currently breeding on the surface of an object you use numerous times a day. Do yourself a favour and wipe your cell phone down with anti-bacterial wipes at least once a week.
- Toilet seat
This one may be an obvious culprit, but it’s definitely not one to take for granted. The inside of a toilet bowl contains roughly 3.2 million germs whilst the toilet seat breeds 295 bacteria per square inch. Remember to always wash your hands after using the restroom; especially in a public setting.
You simply can’t look past your computer keyboard when searching for germs. In a 2009 study conducted by a British consumer group, 33 keyboards were tested for germs, whilst four were found to be hazardous. Not to mention the one that was filthier than the average toilet. If possible, spray in between the keys with compressed air and clean with a cloth dipped in detergent.
As much as we need and enjoy money, it has the potential to make you ill. Dr Darlington, the Health Commissioner of New York, found 135,000 bacteria on a paper bill. Are you considering living everyday life with gloves on, yet?
- Microwave handle
By using an instrument that measures adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a study conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional and University of Arizona microbiology professor Charles Gerba indicated that 48% of microwave handles found in several office buildings tested contained ATP levels above 300 (which is considered a high risk for spreading illnesses.) Don’t share your food!
- Copy machine
Ever found yourself waiting in line to make a simple paper copy? You may want to think twice about touching the same buttons after 20 other people touched them before you. Remember, around 80% of sick individuals still go to work when they’re feeling under the weather; allowing germs to spread through simple surfaces like the copy machine.
- Office chair
Never forget to wipe down the back of your office chair. Whether due to constantly losing hair DNA or shedding skin particles, or even the lack of wiping down your chair, the object you sit on contains its own unthinkable amount of germs. Your office chair has your back, so always have its back in return.
Bonus: Your co-worker
In a study conducted by the San Diego University, researchers suggested that men were found to have 20% more bacteria than their female co-workers, whether due to their physical size which results in more shedding or a lack of hand washing after using the restroom. Do you agree?
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