Once again, a scientific study has gone and given us all the heebie-jeebies. This time, the researchers at the University of Arizona's Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science have turned their attention to that coffee mug you keep on your desk at work -- and, more specifically, the colonies of bacteria that have built up on it. Ew.
Professor Charles P. Gerba told Men's Health that "twenty percent of office mugs carry fecal bacteria, and 90 percent are covered in other germs."
Yes, fecal bacteria.
But there's a simple solution: Just wash it! Gerba recommends running your mug through the dishwasher daily, and ensuring that it goes through the entire drying cycle, which reaches the hottest, bacteria-killing temperatures.
Got an icky cubicle mate with a bad habit of collecting germy old mugs? Go ahead and shoot them this study. It's a matter of public health, after all.