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Study Finds Office Teabags Are One Of The Germiest Items In Your Workplace

Even worse than the toilets!

Study Finds Office Teabags Are One Of The Germiest Items In Your Workplace Pixabay/NBC

It turns out the humble teabag is one of the nastiest things in your office, containing a whopping 17 TIMES more bacteria than a toilet seat.

Scientists working for British expert hygienists Initial conducted a study on office bacterial readings, finding the average bacterial reading of an office teabag was 3,785, while a toilet seat only clocked up 220.

Other kitchen equipment rated high on the bacteria scale, including fridge doors (1,592), communal coffee mugs (1,746) and kettle handles (2,483).

Experts say it's no surprise those items rate so high, because most of us don't think to sanitise our hands before using public appliances and aren't considering the cross-contamination consequences.

A poll of 1000 people in the UK found that 80 per cent of workers admitted to not washing their hands before making drinks for colleagues.

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