Average Desk Contains 400 Times More Germs Than a Toilet Seat: New Research

If you’re a person who believes that cleanliness leads to good health, you may want to pay attention to your work space when it comes to cleaning, particularly your desk. According to the Independent, a new study shows that your desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat — which means more than two-thirds of office workers could be at risk of getting sick by simply sitting at their desks. The study found that Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus aureus, E-coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were four bugs among the 20,961 per square inch on desks. Another 3,295 are on keyboards, while 25,127 hang out on the desk phone.

While the featured article suggested that you swipe down your office furniture with a bacterial wipe, you can clean your desk just as effectively and safely with natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, coconut oil, lemons and castile soap. Aside from the toxins you’ll avoid by nixing the wipes, you’ll also help prevent boosting antibiotic-resistant germs in your work space.

You also need to avoid commercial sprays, which add toxins called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can give you a headache or even make you feel nauseous or dizzy. Studies have shown that using these VOC-laden products just once a week for 20 years is equal to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 10 or 20 years!

So, instead of bringing a can of spray or a box of wipes to work to scrub down your work station, mix up some white vinegar and water and use it instead. If you’re looking for some good recipes for cleaning solutions, check out my article on spring cleaning, which offers an assortment of easy-breezy ways to clean and disinfect your home as well as your office furniture without the use of harmful commercial concoctions.

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