How To: Keep your workspace germ-free

Keep your workspace germ-free

Your workspace should be a breeding ground for creativity and productivity, not bacteria and germs.

You Will Need
* Disinfectant wipes
* A houseplant
* Antibacterial hand wipes or gel

Step 1

Designate a time each day to clean your workspace with disinfectant wipes. Make sure to include your desk, phone, mouse, and keyboard.

Keep your workspace tidy and clutter-free. There will be less mess where germs can accumulate.

Step 2
Green your workspace with a houseplant. Plants help filter the air and can help squelch airborne bacteria.

Step 3
Clean up thoroughly before and after lunch if you eat at your desk. Wash glasses and mugs frequently. Keep refrigerated food and dry food in separate closed plastic containers in the office kitchen.

Step 4
Wash your hands after each trip to the restroom. Use soap and warm water and rub vigorously for 20 seconds.

Step 5
Keep antibacterial hand wipes or gel on your desk and use them when you can't get to a sink.

Avoid contact with sick co-workers. It may seem rude, but you won't be the one calling in sick the next day.

Step 6
Go home or stay at home if you are sick. It's the best way to avoid contaminating your office and spreading germs to co-workers.

Fact: A University of Arizona study found the average desktop had 21,000 germs per square inch; office toilet seats only had 49.

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