Do you usually drink tea while you work? Some teas can really help you relax.
A recent study may make you think twice about this habit.
After analyzing utensils and appliances found in the kitchen area of several different offices, researchers have come to some alarming conclusions. They found that teabags can hold up to seventeen times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
Isn’t that gross?
During their research, they found over 3500 bacteria in the teabags we all thought were harmless, as opposed to the 200 bacteria that they found on toilet seats.
When they analyzed the other equipment found in the kitchen, their bacterial readings were also shocking. The teapot handle contains around 2400 bacteria, and the refrigerator handle contains around 1500.
The explanation is quite simple: a study conducted with office workers showed that over 80% of them don’t wash their hands before using the kitchen facilities.
If we stop to think about the number of hands (most likely dirty) that touch the appliances and utensils in the kitchen, including the teabags, we have the perfect environment for a cross-contamination.
In order to avoid problems and keep your work area as healthy as possible, try to use antibacterial wipes to clean the utensils and counters often. Wash your mug regularly, and don’t forget to wash your hands before using the kitchen facilities. In fact, it’s probably best just to take your own teabags to work.
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