Spring Cleaning for Your Health: Our Offices are Crawling With Germs!

It happens to the best of us:  efforts to keep our work areas neat and tidy get undermined by looming deadlines and mountains of paperwork. But we don’t need to clean our offices as often as we clean our homes, right? Wrong.

According to research by Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist with the University of Arizona who is widely known as “Dr. Germ,” an average desktop has 400 times more bacteria than the average public toilet seat, which is cleaned far more regularly.

We here at Vitals found this statistic to be pretty startling, so we’ve all vowed to organize our desks and wipe them down with anti-bacterial cloths weekly. Besides just the health benefit of coming into contact with far fewer germs at work each day, the added aesthetic benefit of our well-maintained work spaces have had a mood-boosting effect as well.

Here’s a before and after look at an unnamed Vitals writer’s desk that we think clearly shows the value of a clean and organized workspace. Organizing and putting away piles of dust-collecting paperwork and personal belongings, discarding used tissues (ew!), wiping down all surface areas, and adding a few decorative touches have made all the difference.

At the very least, regular dusting will decrease the effects of indoor allergies.

Do you have any tips of maintaining a germ-free office? Let us know!

Before and After Spring Cleaning for Your Health: Our Offices are Crawling With Germs! Photo