Which one is cleaner, a toilet or a comp keyboard ?????

May 1, 2008 4:59am CST
Out of the 2 thing's mentioned in the title heading, which do you think is harbouring the most E.coli and MSSA ??? You would think the toilet wouldn't you ? well your....... WRONG. Some office keyboard's have FIVE time's more bug's than a lavatory. Swab's taken from an office keyboard found dangerous bacteria including E.coli and coliform's, both a common cause of food poisoning lurking in computer keyboard's. The test's also detected staphyloccus aureus, a common bacteria which cause's a range of infection's from boil's and impetigo to toxic shock and Pneumonia. This family of bacteria also include's the lethal hospital bug's MRSA & MSSA, form's of staphylococcus which have mutated to become resistant to antibiotic's. Do you share an office keyboard ? Nice to know what possible germ's you face touching every day isn't it.
3 responses
@ruby222 (4848)
1 May 08
Thats interesting ...this morning on the radio the talk is about this problem...its amazing to thin that the keyboard is so infested with germs,...but then again not altogether to difficult to believe....i wipe mine over..but i just do it with a amp cloth.So oes this mean that we should be using some anti bacterial cleaner?..when i think about the times that my keyboard gets stick...and its down to crumbs etc dropping while im typing....but if you think about it those crumbs all stay there under the keys and rot...but if there is more than one user to the compueter its understandable that the risk of cross contamination can happen...so maybe the media is making an effort to make us more aware of this.
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1 May 08
A dry and sunny atmosphere is the easiest way to disinfect your keyboard. * turn it upside down to shake all the crumb's out. * to remove any crumb's and muck, spray between the key's with a can of compressed air or hoover it. * to finish, wipe down with a damp cloth. I usually give my keyboard an upside down shake every couple of day's any way to get the crap out but ive never wiped it or anything. It is something I will do now though that I know about the possible risk's. It's not to bad with me though as it is only my partner and I who use are pc, and we wash when we use the toilet, something that not everybody does. Instead of a damp cloth try using one of those baby wipe's that parent's clean babies bum's with as they have bacteria killing propertie's.
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@ruby222 (4848)
3 May 08
Thanks for your help
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@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
2 May 08
i think the toilet is more cleaner than the keyboard. well i am talking about or toilet and not others toilet. har har har. toilet has water so you can wash and wash anything that is dirty. not like keyboard you cant wash it. i also watched a experiment at myth busters they were experimenting which has more germs a toilet seat or our mouths. would you believe that our mouths has more germs than the toilet seat. it was unbelievable but that was the answer to their experiment.
2 May 08
It's amazing that area's we take for granted as being clean and reasonably germ free, ie our mouth's, actually have more germ's than the area's we know contain lots, the toilet.
• Philippines
2 May 08
and what is so shocking about this is they are comparing our mouths with the toilet seat. i couldnt really believe but i saw it on tv. and i know the myth buster will prove it once they put their focus in to something. i myself really cant believe but i saw it myself.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
1 May 08
Well Mark I am about to watch this on the News lol I do not work in an Office so it is just my Keyboard I guess they will now have to find something to shift it of the Keyboard I am actually surprised they haven't yet lol
1 May 08
Good to see you still have your "9" star lol. They have found a cure, just im not able to cut n paste yet so I didn't get chance to write the whole thing up....here goes..... Expert's have been aware of the keyboard cleanliness problem for some time. In 2005, microbiologist Dr Peter Wilson developed a keyboard that has smashed rate's of the killer bug MRSA in a London hospital. University college hospital started using them last year, and researcher's reckon rate's have dropped by 10%. Last week 7,500 of the machine's were brought by the NHS to be used in hospital's throughout England. Flat-screened and coated in silicone to help ward off Bacteria, the machine is easy to wipe over with alchohol wipe's. An automatic light remind's staff to clean the keyboard's reguarly, while a sensor measure's how effective the clean has been. The warming light will only go out if all the sensor's are activated, indicating the keyboard has been thoroughly debugged. A sealed mouse has also been designed with a flat undersurface, as opposed to a rolling ball which collect's Bacteria. Researcher's claim that wiping 2 time's daily has cut the amount of Bacteria the keyboard's carry by 70%. My hand's got cramp again now
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
1 May 08
Lol well thank you for this and I am so sorry that you have a cramp in your Hands now lol Hope it goes away so you can do some responses lol