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The 20 Grossest Items in Your Office

Best Life Logo By Morgan Greenwald of Best Life | Slide 2 of 21: We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but that coffee cup you keep at your desk is basically a magnet for bacteria. In a landmark 1997 study from the University of Arizona—which continues to make headlines today—researchers tested coffee cups in an office setting and found that coliform bacteria, found in fecal matter, was present on 20 percent of them. What’s worse, after being wiped down with either a dishcloth or a sponge, every single cup tested positive for coliform bacteria. Ew! And if you want to clean without making things worse, check out these 33 Super Effective Old-School Cleaning Tricks You’ve Never Tried.

1. Your coffee mug

We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but that coffee cup you keep at your desk is basically a magnet for bacteria. In a landmark 1997 study from the University of Arizona—which continues to make headlines today—researchers tested coffee cups in an office setting and found that coliform bacteria, found in fecal matter, was present on 20 percent of them. What’s worse, after being wiped down with either a dishcloth or a sponge, every single cup tested positive for coliform bacteria. Ew! And if you want to clean without making things worse, check out these 33 Super Effective Old-School Cleaning Tricks You’ve Never Tried.

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