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

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Mannheim Steamroller brings tour to area
Mannheim Steamroller will present the best the holiday has to offer this season. The group will perform live for two...
Read more »
Image

Theatre to open school of arts
— The Newton Theatre is proud to announce its newest endeavor - The Newton Theatre School of the Arts, located at 219 Spring Street...
Read more »
Image

Do the right thing
There is no other organization more deserving of its good name than the Salvation Army. I was thinking of that while at their Dover office picking up the bells and red kettles...
Read more »

Christmas concert at United Methodist
SPARTA — Sparta United Methodist Church presents a special evening of music to begin the Christmas season. Selections from the Heavenly Metal Ringers handbell choir will be...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



E-NEWSLETTER

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.

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST READ

Local News
Christmas concert at United Methodist
  • Nov 17, 2017
Entertainment
Theatre to open school of arts
  • Nov 17, 2017
Letters to the Editor
Do the right thing
  • Nov 17, 2017
Local News
Hilltop receives gift from foundation
  • Nov 16, 2017

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Sparta, NJ