The Germs in the Restroom
Purses aside, research has repeatedly confirmed that women are much more vigilant than men when it comes to washing their hands, especially after using a public restroom. Yet another article indicated that male restrooms are cleaner than female restrooms! Yes, we women are more likely to wash our hands properly, but the room itself is higher in E.coli and other coliforms. Most are found around the sink area (where I generally do place my purse), while men’s restrooms have more contamination on the floor.
The Germs in Your Office
Before we pat ourselves on the back for our efforts at hand washing, it has also been shown that women have three to four times the number of bacteria in their office space than men, according to a 2007 study from the University of Arizona.
Although women’s offices appeared to be cleaner, our desks, phones, computers, keyboards, drawers, and personal items are a virtual hotbed of bacteria. I may call in sick tomorrow.
The culprits? Females generally have more interactions with young children, tend to have food in their desks, display more knickknacks, and the top carrier of germs — makeup — followed by hand lotion, the phone, purse, and desk drawers. Makeup and hand lotion involve lots of hand and face touching and trap germs, transferring them to many other surfaces.
The biggest source of germs in the office, however, turned out to be men’s wallets, which rated worse than purses. The average office desktop has 400 times more bacteria than the average office toilet seat.
Oh, I’m definitely calling in sick tomorrow. But then I’ll have to think about germs in the home. Sigh.