Be aware of what you're touching.
Whether you're at home, or at the office, the most commonly touched items in your work area are often the ones you touch everyday but neglect to clean the most. You should be cleaning these 5 items in your workspace more often to avoid the spread of potentially harmful bacteria and germs.
1. Door Handles
Any door handle that is touched by multiple people at multiple times is sure to hold lots of shared germs and potentially harmful bacteria. While you'd like to think that everyone touches it with clean sanitized hands, sometimes that may not be the case. Wipe down the office door handle with a disinfecting wipe on a daily basis to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs.
The keyboard is where our hands are placed the majority of the work day. It's also where we like to snack, or eat our lunch from time to time which means it can hold more than 3,000 organisms per square inch if it's not cleaned regularly. The best precaution is to keep your hands clean by frequently washing them, or to use hand sanitizer when you can't. Clean your keyboard daily with a disinfectant wipe.
3. Mouse or Touchpad
Similar to your keyboard, the mouse or touchpad is the next commonly touched item on your desk. After time it can get a little greasy or sticky and that should be sure sign to clean it. In general, try to avoid touching foods before using the mouse or keyboard. Clean this surface regularly with a disinfectant wipe.
4. Desk or Mobile Phone
If you have an office phone or mobile phone you know that it's often touching your face and your hands on a daily basis. Studies have shown that there is an average of 25,000 organisms per square inch that can live on a desk phone. Try to wipe down your phone and buttons daily, if not weekly, with a disinfectant wipe for an effective clean.
5. Mug or water bottle
Mugs are touched just as frequently as any other item on your desk, if not more. While it may seem like a good ideas to simply wash it at the communal sink in the office with a drying cloth or sponge, it's often a major source of germs. Instead, bring your mug or water bottle home each day or as often as you can, and clean them at home before returning them to the office.