We are most concerned about the hygiene and cleanliness of our homes, but what about the other place we spend up to 40 hours each week? The office! If your desk is dirty you clean it, even if you clean it with a cloth or a piece of tissue paper, does it really do the job? If you manage to keep your own home clean, why not keep your place or work clean to? Maintaining a clean working environment involves getting rid of the germs and this will hopefully prevent your work place from a host of illnesses.

Here are a few top tips that will certainly have you reaching for the hand sanitizer;

Your headset

It’s common to see colleagues sharing headsets, but, if possible it might be wise to find your own and store them for future use. Bacteria spreads like wildfire thanks to hair fibres, sweat and earwax, potentially causing facial and ear rashes as well as lice. After one hour of use, bacteria and germs can increase 700 times! Avoid sharing if possible and wipe down weekly with an alcohol soaked cotton swab.

Your desk

With more than 10 million germs to be found on the average work desk, it accommodates 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. To keep your workspace clean and healthy, wipe down twice a week with an antibacterial wipe or vinegar based solution.

Chewing your pens

Again, transfer is a huge problem to the nervous habit of chewing pens or pencils. The pen has been touching germy hands all day- perhaps  not your own. Chewing on a pen will therefore transfer bacteria and nasty germs to your mouth and, with 1 in 5 office workers admitting to chewing on their pens, you probably want to avoid borrowing one from your colleague!

Your keyboard

Keyboards are notorious for harbouring bacteria, especially as we press every single key continuously for up to 8 hours each day. Skin cells, food residue and sweat mature and spread in such a small space comparatively, shake and wipe down your keyboard weekly with a slightly damp cloth.

Your mouse

Given that your hand can be placed on a mouse up to 8 hours each day, they are heavily exposed to bacteria generated from sweat. With 10% of office workers admitting to never cleaning their mouse, they can contain up to 1,676 microbes per square inch. Wipe down weekly with an antibacterial wipe.

Office fridge

Dripping take-away containers, mouldy yoghurt pots and furry sandwiches. Bacteria thrives in such an environment and an office fridge should be cleared out every two days. Wipe down the shelves with a hard sponge and hot soapy water.


Depending on the size of your office, the microwave can be used up to 30 times each day, harbouring a combination of meat and vegetable particles, creating a nest for bacteria, this allows the internal top to be splattered with food particles and can cause potential health risk. Soak daily with a vinegar-based solution and scrub thoroughly with a hard sponge.


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