If you can’t get through your working day without a cup of china or a piping mug of joe, listen up. There’s apparently a really gross reason you shouldn’t drink the tea and coffee at work.
We’ve already covered how men’s beard can be disgusting, but now, it turns out that mug that sits at your desk could also be a breeding ground for nasty germs. Sure, those Starbucks single-use cups might be destroying the environment, but at least they aren’t smeared with the same bacteria as your toilet seat.
According to University of Arizona professor Charles Gerba Ph.D., 90% of office mugs tested are covered in a blanket of dangerous germs. Even worse, 20% are carrying faecal matter. Would you really want to drink a cup of sh*t?
If you look around now, chances are you can probably see five mugs, meaning at least one of them is swarming with some pretty disgusting microbes.
Unless you know something I don’t, it’s not that you’ve got a phantom crapper going around your office. It’s a well-known fact that humans aren’t as clean as they maintain, meaning there’s plenty of faecal matter floating around without even thinking about it. It’s the same as when poo was found on the screens of McDonald’s self-order screens.
Gerba suggests that you clean your cup thoroughly after every use, but come on, we’ve all be guilty of reusing our favourite mug. Also, chances are that office sponge that’s been there since 2016 is already threatening to grow a pair of legs and walk away on its own.
You could always bring your own mug from home and keep it under lock and key, but do you really want to be THAT person?
It’s not all bad news though. Jeffrey Starke — a pediatrics professor at Baylor College of Medicine — told The Wall Street Journal that your mug is probably fine to use. He reassured germaphobes: “If I went and cultured the average unwashed coffee cup, of course I’m going to find germs. But remember the vast majority came from the person who used the cup.”
You could combat Gerbas findings by making sure you run your mug through the dishwasher or simply buying out. While you can take your own cleanliness into account, you sadly can’t say the same about your co-workers. Sorry to put you off your next cup of coffee. Maybe you should swill it down the sink and start again?
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