by Lisa Grimaldi | May 01, 2005
Your desk and cubicle might look spotless after the cleaning crew tidies up, but chances are your work space including the desktop, computer keyboard and mouse harbors 400 times the germs that can be found on the average toilet seat, according to a recent study by the University of Arizona. (The worst concentration of bacteria, 25,127 germs in an averages square inch, was found on telephones.)
    The good news is that, with a little vigilance, workplace germs can be kept at bay. Stephanie Boone, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona, Tucson, offers the following advice.
    " Several times a week (more often during cold and flu season) wipe down phones, desktops, keyboards, etc. with disinfecting wipes or cloths with a solution of 10 percent bleach.
    " Wash hands regularly and thoroughly, several times a day, with hot water and antibacterial soap. “And be sure to use a paper towel to hold the door knob when you leave the bathroom,” states Boone.
    " Avoid the communal sponge in the office kitchen. “They can get nasty,” says Boone. Instead, wash cups and utensils with paper towels.