Keyboards Dirtier than a Toilet!

Some computer keyboards harbour more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat, research has suggested.

Consumer group Which? said tests at its London offices found equipment carrying bugs that could cause food poisoning.

Out of 33 keyboards swabbed, four were regarded as a potential health hazard and one harboured five times more germs than one of the office’s toilet seats.

During the Which? tests in January this year, a microbiologist deemed one of the office’s keyboards to be so dirty he ordered it to be removed, quarantined and cleaned.

It had 150 times the recommended limit for bacteria – five times as filthy as a lavatory seat tested at the same time, the research found.

“If you look at what grows on computer keyboards, and hospitals are worse, believe it or not, it’s more or less a reflection of what’s in your nose and in your gut,” he said.

“Should somebody have a cold in your office, or even have gastroenteritis, you’re very likely to pick it up from a keyboard.”

Which? said one of the causes of dirty keyboards was users eating lunch at their desk, with crumbs encouraging the growth of bacteria.

Poor personal hygiene, such as not washing hands after going to the toilet, could also be to blame, it said. [source]

I’m glad that I’m not sharing my PC with my colleagues, if my keyboard is contaminated then at least it’s from my own hand but I think it’s not that worst because I always used hand sanitizer and I’m not taking my lunch in my desk, however I  wonder if the mobile phone keypads have also the same bacteria as the keyboards 😦  hmmm…


  1. i agree 100%….
    in the nature of my work , i observe exactly what this article is talking about..
    i see them eating samusa and other nuts , worse is that I see them picking their nose “regularly”.. 😦 so when my colleague calls to troubleshoot their software i have no option but to use their keyboard with eyes closed.. hahahah .
    should i use hand sanitizer i might offend them, so what i’m doing is secretly wash my hand from time to time.. 🙂

  2. OMG ! i need to wash my hands everytime i use the work PC … Thanks for the info !

  3. Just read sth funny related to this:


    10. You can turn the keyboard over and get a mid-afternoon snack.

    9. You filled up a brand new vacuum bag … and it’s still dirty.

    8. You can no longer tell the difference between the “NumLock” light and the bioluminescent fungus.

    7. The ants have taken the “W,” “Q,” and “Esc” keys.

    6. There’s so much dust under the keys some of them can no longer be depressed.

    5. You call tech support but can’t tell them what kind of keyboard you’re using.

    4. You can hang it from the ceiling and use it as a fly trap.

    3. People ask for a set of rubber gloves before using it.

    2. When your cat walks on it, it can’t decide if it’s a treat or a litter box.

    1. Everyone compliments you on your cool “Chia Keyboard.”

  4. CeleSoorb

    Hello my friends 🙂

  5. yeah thats true. keyboards do indeed harbor lots of bacterias

  6. yara4ever

    ur tagged 🙂

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