You might call your office desk your “home away from home.” You spend hours at your computer. You make telephone calls, plan meetings, and sometimes even eat your lunch there when work piles up. Guess what else can be found at your desk? Germs. Lots of germs!

University of Arizona microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba collected 328 samples in office buildings across America from cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Tucson and San Francisco. He tested areas like the mouthpiece on phones, door handles, computer keyboards, desktops, and light switches. It is well known that cold and flu germs can survive on a surface for up to three days. What was surprising was where the most germs were found.

Dr. Gerba’s study showed that the average desk harbors 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat! The researchers found that bacteria levels continued to climb unless desks were wiped clean with a disinfectant.

The study was Funded by a grant from the Clorox Company and concluded that germs were higher in personal work areas than surfaces in common areas.

With the average workweek now 47.1 hours (according to the Families and Work Institute), employees need to get up to speed on office hygiene. The university-tested essential oil blend Thieves is the perfect weapon to use. Thieves Wipes and Spray are the “pollution solution” that can keep your desk, phone, and computer keyboard fresh and clean.