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Keyboards Dirtier Than Toilet Seats

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Office Health, Everyday Science, ,

Dirty KeyboardToilet seats are cleaner than some office keyboards according to a new report by a consumer group called Which?, the BBC News reports. One keyboard examined in the study was five times as dirty as a toilet seat tested at the same time—registering at 150 times the recommended limit for bacteria. The practice of eating lunch in front of the computer was the likely culprit of the filthiness, due to the food particles that get caught inside the keys. Which? suggests tipping over keyboards, shaking out the extra particles, and occasionally wiping them down with “a soft, lightly dampened, lint-free cloth.” Gelf Magazine suggests eating your lunch over the toilet instead.

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