Your office coffee mug could be carrying 'colonies of germs'


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos






Your office coffee mug you use for just about every beverage could cause you to fall ill, says an expert.

People rarely take their office coffee mug home for washing and many times they scrub it at the office with sponges and brushes that have been used by everyone, making a home for bacteria.

In fact, Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona, says 20 percent of mugs carry fecal bacteria.

"Colonies of germs are living in your favorite cup," he told the Huffington Post.

So, cleaning your office cup is very important, said Gerba.

He suggests bringing your favorite cup home daily to be washed in a dishwasher on the hottest temperature possible.

If you don't have a dishwasher, then first fill the cup with hot water and put a teaspoon of baking soda in it, letting it sit overnight. And then, finally wash it in hot water as you normally would, said one user on Mamapedia.


Make text smaller Make text larger

MUST READ NEWS

Image Twelve Sussex County overdoses in less than a week
BY ERIKA NORTON
Twelve people overdosed on heroin last week in the county. Nine were rescued by the timely use of...
Image Runners rev it up once again
By Laurie Gordon
— There's an old adage about running and life that says, “The race is not always to the swift but to...
Image Hurricane Hunter comes to Valley Road School
By Liam Donovan
— “We fly into hurricanes,” Commander Justin Kibbey told a rapt audience of 4th, 5th and 6th...
Image Blood drive for young Hayden Marshall
By Rose Sgarlato
— ‘Hayden Strong’ is the Marshall family’s mantra for their 7-year-old son who was...

VIDEOS


Sign up to get our newsletter emailed to you every week!

  • Enter your email address in the box below.
  • Select the newsletters you would like to subscribe to.
  • Click the 'SUBSCRIBE' button.

Comments

Pool Rules



MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Andover, NJ