Where bacteria are living in your home office and how to clean it

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My desk at the office is almost completely bare, minus the odd drinking glass or…

My desk at the office is almost completely bare, minus the odd drinking glass or tissue box.

At home it’s a different story, with work papers, personal bills and trinkets jumbled together on my desk.

Put simply, I don’t feel compelled to keep a tidy workspace when it’s only really me who sees it — and it sounds like I’m not alone.

“You haven’t got eyes looking at you — there isn’t that social pressure like a messy desk at work, or 15 coffee cups having people think you are disorganised or a bit gross,” says Libby Sander, an assistant professor of organisational behaviour at Bond University.

Research shows office desks harbour germs. The typical office desk is home to more than 10 million bacteria, which is 400 times more than a toilet seat.

The experts we spoke to say things might not look that different in your work-from-home space, with the biggest culprit being your keyboard.

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