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10 Places Germs are Hiding in the Office

The Copy Machine

Everyone in the office uses the copy machine, even Sticky Fingers Sam. Can you imagine how dirty the buttons are? They're completely covered with everything everyone has been touching. Don’t be fooled by your willful ignorance. This is how illness is spread so quickly. If your office doesn’t have hand sanitizer in its shared spaces, it really should. In fact, a study showed that the copier start button had more than 1,200,013 colony-forming units (CFU). The higher the CFU number, the more bacteria and active, sick-causing cells are covering the surface. As a comparison, the copier start button is nastier than your dog dish. Actually, it's worse than many toilet seats. If you can't spritz hand sanitizer on your hands after using the copier, definitely wash your hands or avoid touching the buttons with your bare fingers as much as humanly possible. 

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The Bathroom

This should go without saying, but it is really worse than you think—and the toilet isn't the only place you need to steer clear of. Many germs in the bathroom are airborne, meaning that you don’t actually have to touch anything to be infected. This is why it's important to clean the bathroom thoroughly on a regular basis.

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Your Desk Chair

You sit in your chair most of the day, so it catches pretty much anything you throw at it. You might not even realize that you're sweating, but it will seep into the chair and potentially breed harmful germs. You might want to consider purchasing a chair cover that you wash from time to time.

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The Door Handles

Everyone puts their grimy fingers on the door handles, even people who don’t actually work with you—including your co-workers' small, sticky children. So, you're getting whatever germs the delivery guy brings in with him. When was the last time the door handles were cleaned? Have they ever been? Think of all the disgusting secrets it holds.

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The Kitchen Sink

People leave dishes in the communal sink for way too long. This is one of the fastest ways to grow bacteria. If your dishes are in there with them, they can easily become contaminated. Even if you wash them right away, you probably aren’t scrubbing them as effectively as you think you are.

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The Carpet

I’m going to take a wild guess and say that your carpet has never been cleaned. Sure, it gets vacuumed, but what about the stuff you can’t see? People track in all sorts of nastiness on the bottoms of their shoes. When you think about the time that Carol stepped in dog poop, do you really want to put the Five-Second Rule to the test?

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Your Phone

Even if you are the only one who ever uses the telephone at your desk, it's still gross. You touch it all the time and you (probably) never clean it. Do you remember the time you came in, even though you were way too sick to function properly? Well, your phone remembers, trust me.

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The Water Cooler

The nozzle of a water cooler is almost never cleaned, but we still drink from it anyway. Your company has used the same water cooler for years, so there’s a good chance that it has grown mildew by now. Stagnant water is one of the best places for germs to flourish.

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The Microwave

People always make messes in the microwave, but everybody assumes it is someone else’s responsibility to clean it up. The heat doesn’t kill the bacteria. It just spreads whenever you put more food in it. And then you put that food in your mouth. Do you want E. coli? Because that’s how you get E. coli.

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Your Keyboard

Your keyboard is basically a trap for anything it comes in contact with. Hair, skin cells, crumbs, and all sorts of other unsavory things become trapped in the germ magnet. So, when you have your fingers on the keyboard all day, you're pretty much dipping them in a bucket of bacteria.

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