If you think the restroom is the most likely place at your office where you can pick up some bacteria, you are wrong. Germs thrive in apparently inoffensive spots, and you can easily become vulnerable to the next flu going around at your workplace.
Keep on reading to find out where office germs lurk!
1. Sink Faucet Handles
Various studies have revealed that the dirtiest place in an office is the sink faucet handle in the break room – multiple bacteria crawl on this surface because people are less aware of the risk of germs in the break room. Office workers heat up lunch, make coffee and wash dishes there, and food leftovers are the perfect environment for bacteria to develop.
2. Refrigerator Door Handles
Another place in the break room where plenty of germs have been found is the refrigerator, specifically on the handle. This spot is touched by many hands every day, but it rarely gets cleaned.
3. Office Desks
A large number of people do not regularly wipe down their desks. This creates the perfect environment for germs to thrive. Wiping the surface of your desk weekly is a great way to keep germs at bay - as well as keeping your desk clutter-free!
4. The Telephone
The telephone is another object that you touch every day but might rarely remember to clean. The best way to clean your telephone is with a soft cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol or a solution of water and vinegar every week or so.
5. The Keyboard
Keyboards hold a host of germs for the same reason as the telephone – we touch the keyboard every day, but we rarely clean it. Use a compressed air can to remove dirt and wipe it with a cloth dipped in a water-vinegar solution.
6. Microwave Door Handles
This is another place you are likely to get the next cold from, so remember to clean door handles regularly while waiting for your food to warm in the microwave.
7. Water Fountain Buttons
According to a study performed on almost 5,000 swabs from office buildings housing more than 3,000 workers from various industries, 23% of water fountain buttons had a high level of contamination and carried a high risk of illness transmission.
8. Vending Machine Buttons
Next time you want to quench your hunger with a snack, remember that the study mentioned above found that 21% of vending machine buttons also had a high contamination level.
9. your Computer Mouse
These devices may not attract as much dirt as keyboards, but they still represent a common source of germs and need to be cleaned thoroughly.
Too afraid to go to work now?
Don’t worry – you don’t need to eliminate germs entirely. In fact, our bodies need to come in contact with germs so our immune systems are stimulated and work efficiently against disease. However, keep in mind that some spots at your office carry more germs than others and you should pay special attention to hygiene. Also, remember to wash your hands regularly if you want to reduce the risk of getting flu, colds, or stomach illness.
DeNoon, Daniel J. The 6 Dirtiest Places in Your Office. Retrieved from the WebMD website: http://www.webmd.com/news/20120523/the-6-dirtiest-work-places
Sifferlin, Alexandra. The 6 Dirtiest Places in the Office. Retrieved from the Time website: http://healthland.time.com/2012/05/24/the-6-dirtiest-places-in-the-office/