University of Arizona professor Charles Gerba, a professor of soil, water and environmental sciences, found three to four times more germs on women’s office desktops than men’s desktops. Even worse, the average desktop harbored 400 times more bacteria than the average office toilet seat.
Commissioned by Clorox Comapny, the research project revealed that 75% of women stored food in their desk as well as makeup and other germ transfer agents. Gerba said he was surprised by all the food found in the desks of female office staff, adding, “If there’s ever a famine, that’s the first place I’ll look for food.”
However, men won the prize for the worst overall offender: their wallets. Also, their PDAs hosted plenty of bacteria.
Gerba suggested using hand sanitizers and cleaning desk surfaces once a day in this new chapter on germ warfare.
Do you have a home office? Try using a small amount of my all-purpose cleaner on a soft towel to clean desk surfaces, keyboards, phones, and other office related surfaces.