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01st Jan 2019

Teabags are more dirty than the office toilet, study claims

BRB, puking...

Olivia Hayes


Look, we know there are many places that carry more germs than a toilet seat (eg. airplanes are awful), but this is probably the last thing we expected.

Apparently, office tea bags carry an insane amount of bacteria.

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According to Cosmo, a toilet seat has a bacterial reading of 220, while the office tea bags have… wait for it… 3,785 germs.

But that’s not all. Kettle handles have 2,483 germs, mug rims have 1,746 and the handles of fridge doors have 1,592.

Dr Peter Barrett of Initial Washroom Hygiene told the website: “If you stop to think about the number of different hands that touch things such as the kettle handle, tea bag box lid, mugs, and so on, the potential for cross contamination really adds up.”

Erm, we think we might carry some hand sanitizer around with us from now on.