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Items in Your Office that Contain the Most Bacteria

Believe it or not, a public toilet is not the dirtiest thing people come into contact with on a daily basis. The most germ-infested items are ones you would never expect. Here are five things you should clean more often:

Objects You Need to Wash Your Hands After Using

    The #1 Elevator Button - The number of bacteria present on an elevator button is almost 40 times higher than on a public toilet seat, according to new findings. Research carried out in hotels, restaurants, banks, offices and airports, showed that the level of bacteria on elevator buttons averaged 313 colony forming units (CFUs) per square centimeter, compared to 8 CFUs on the average public toilet seat. Among the common bacteria likely to be found are E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).


    Your phone - Whether it’s your office line or your personal cell, your phone contains more germs and bacteria than most items. If you’re like most people, you are on your cell phone often during the day performing a variety of tasks. Think of how many times a day you touch your phone screen; it may be time to give it a good cleaning.


    Your computer keyboard - Your office computer keyboard is crawling with bacteria. Try to keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer at your workstation and use it regularly throughout the day. It’s important to wash your hands well before eating or drinking anything.


    The doorknob -  In a recent study, researchers found that a single doorknob can transfer bacteria to half of an office in just a few hours. For this reason, it is wise to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after touching a public doorknob.

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