For those of you who don’t know, I get Google Alerts in my inbox every day for the words “tea + drink”. This has yielded some interesting new stories, such as the idea of cheese tea. Well, the latest alert? Has me more sad than anything….
If you drink coffee or tea over at your office, I HIGHLY recommend you wash your mugs both before and after you drink. Per Mirror.co.uk, Charles Gerba, Ph.D., professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona, states that 90 per cent of most office mugs carry dangerous germs, and 20 per cent of those carry fecal bacteria.
I don’t want to drink out of toilets anymore than you do. So, why is this a thing though? Do people actively bring mugs back and forth from the break room to take a poop? How do we find and stop these heinous individuals who share more of themselves than you ever care to be exposed to?
In fact, it comes about most often when you use the office communal sponge (thank God I keep mine in my desk). These sponges harbor germs and might not be thrown out as regularly as they should be. Therefore, when you wash your mugs using these sponges, you are really just wiping a cesspool into your cup rather than actually cleaning it.
Your best bet? Take your mug home and wash it in your dishwasher. You can probably also get away with disposable cups or, as I do, have your own sponge.
Because no one wants to drink poop.