How dirty is your keyboard?
If someone asked you which was dirtier, your toilet seat or your keyboard, which would you guess? My money would definitely be on the keyboard. Not because I’m filthy and never wash my hands, but because one’s hands come in contact with all sorts of things over the course of a day. As a result, any bacteria would get transferred to the keys we all spend so much time pushing. My guess has been confirmed by Which? Magazine in the UK which found that our keyboards are a lot more disgusting than most of us think.
The test was conducted on 33 keyboards in a single office. Of the keyboards was found to have 150 times the acceptable limit of bacteria, which came out to be roughly 5 times dirtier than the average toilet seat. Two others had what they called “warning” levels of bacteria. Probably the most disturbing were the two with elevated levels of coliform, which is usually found with feces. I’m sure by now you’re beginning to wonder when exactly the last time was that you actually cleaned your keyboard. For safe measures, I’d go ahead and clean it now.