According to researchers, your computer keyboard and desktop contains more bacteria than a toilet seat?!?
This might seem a bit far-fetched. But think about all the surfaces your hands comes in contact with before touching your keyboard.
Door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, telephones, microwave buttons — these are all breeding grounds for bacteria. And unless you sanitize or wash your hands before each keystroke, germs and bacteria can make a home on your keyboard and remain until disinfected.
Don’t let your keyboard turn into a hotbed for old food and disgusting germs, here’s what you can do:
- Keep sanitizing gel near your workstation: Even if you only leave your desk for a couple of minutes, always sanitize your hands upon returning — before touching your phone, keyboard and computer.
- Don’t eat at your desk: Yes, it’s convenient. However, food particles and crumbs can scatter all over your workstation and fall into hard-to-clean areas, such as in-between the letters on your keyboard. Eat in the break room, if possible. If you have to eat at your desk, shake your keyboard over a trash bin to remove crumbs. Use a can of condensed air to loosen stuck debris.
- Clean your keyboard regularly: Use electronic disinfecting wipes to clean your keyboard and eliminate germs and bacteria. Or, dip a Q-tip in isopropyl alcohol and use it to clean around the keys. Unplug the keyboard, first.
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