Do you know? Hmmmm?
(Hint: It’s not your toilet!) . . .
According to cafemom.com, the answer is, your desk. Oh the horror! Betcha didn’t see that one coming!
In fact, a recent study shows that the surfaces of our desks may harbor 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. Is this not alarming?
Not to mention now I am wondering what all an ‘average’ toilet is like?
So what could be causing our desks to become such cesspools of grossness and bacterial wonder? Well, think of it this way: We eat at our desks. We sneeze at our desks. We sit with our faces in our hands at our desks. We click mouses at our desks and rub our eyes at our desks. We nap at our desks (just me?). We cover our mouths when we cough and then drum our hands on our desks as we try to remember what all we were doing a second ago.
Okay, so, gross. But here are four quick things we can do about it:
1. Keep a tidy desk. Sure, it’s easy to get a little sloppy when inspiration hits and you’re in the zone, but the more clutter on your desk the more opportunities for things to get out of hand. Besides, ever lose organic material under a mountain of paperwork for couple weeks? It’s not a pretty sight.
3. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day.
4. When you eat at your desk, be mindful. Don’t set cutlery down on the desk and clean up spills immediately. And lay down a napkin under that PBJ why don’t you?
Any other tips to keeping a germ-free work space?