If there’s one thing we learned as kids about personal hygiene, it’s that germs are everywhere.  For the most part, we have trained ourselves to automatically take precautions to stay healthy and protect ourselves from those minute troublemakers we can’t see but are disgusted by nonetheless.

Without even thinking, we wash, rinse, dry off, use the paper towel to turn off the taps and use the same towel to open the bathroom door.  Then we throw it in the garbage and spin past the closing door, frantically avoiding contact.  Back at our desk, we feel relaxed and safe from the ever threatening bacteria of the bathroom.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize that our cubicle and workstation are often the germiest places in the entire office.  Anywhere that gets regular human contact, such as your phone, mouse, and keyboard are breeding grounds for bacteria.  In fact, it is estimated that the average office work desk contains more than 21,000 germs per square inch!  Your keyboard alone probably has more bacteria on it than the average public toilet seat at any given time.

Declare your cubicle a germ-free zone.

desktop hand sanitizer dispenser with arms and legsThe best way to stop the spread of germs is to wash your hands often.  The problem is that most of us are extremely busy at work and going to the sink every five minutes to lather up is simply not practical.

That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a bottle of trusty hand sanitizer in your cube where you can easily get to it when you need it.

The desktop sanitizer dispenser by Purell makes this fun and easy.  A refreshing squirt of sanitizer becomes more enticing when it comes from a nifty stand with arms and legs.  It will also encourage co-workers to keep their hands clean.  This is a very good thing since any reduction in germs and bacteria in the office inevitably benefits everyone.