It seems like everything carries germs these days, especially in a work environment.
Now a new study has found that the coffee mug you drink out of could be harboring some of those germs.
Have you ever had that 3 p.m. feeling? Or for those who work late nights, that 9 p.m. feeling? Well, sometimes the perfect pick-me-up can be a cup of coffee, but the cup you use could get you sick.
In a world where germs surround us and we do our best to fend them off using anti-bacterial sprays, cleaning wipes, and even hand sanitizer – the newest enemy when it comes to germs could be your best friend at work.
Now the coffee you drink to get you through your day could be harboring a colony of germs.
A new study out of the University of Arizona has found that 90-percent of workplace mugs carry some sort of germs.
“Um, that’s gross,” Mechanicsburg music teacher Kelly Hill said when we told her about the study.
Leigh Grames agreed and so did Megan Weber.
In fact, the study found that 20 percent of work coffee cups actually have fecal bacteria in them.
But don’t worry, it’s not time to throw out your favorite coffee mug, the problem isn’t from the cup or even the coffee itself. The germs are actually being spread by the sponge in the work-place kitchen, which everyone uses.
“That’s pretty gross, I’m think I’m always going to take mine home to clean it,” admitted Hill.
The study found that bacteria from a sponge can live in mugs for up to 3 days.
“There was a sponge one day at work that looked really grimy, so I just wash it with the paper towel and throw away the paper towel,” Megan Weber commented.
That’s one of the solutions.
Researchers say if you wash your mug at work, it’s best to clean it with hot water and use a clean paper tower to clean the mug. Not a sponge, but the best thing to do is to bring home your mug home each day and clean it in your dishwasher.
“I wouldn’t want to bring my cup home, because it’s just an inconvenience, but I’m going to wash my cup more carefully now,” Leigh Grames told us.
We want to reiterate, it’s the sponge at work that brings most of the bacteria, so if you clean your mug the right way, or just visit to a coffee shop like Cornerstone, you’ll be much safer and you won’t have to worry.