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How often should I clean my coffee mug?

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How hygienic is your coffee mug? Using your personal tumbler or mugs rather than disposable cups definitely shows your sincerity towards the environment. However, if your coffee mug is not cleaned enough, you may be susceptible to drinking a whole kingdom of bacteria that lives in your mug.

Check this out and see how you should deal with it.

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Next time you reach for the coffee mug on your desk, remember, it’s a petri dish for filth.

That seemingly harmless “World’s Best Boss” cup may reduce the amount of paper waste you put into the world, but research from the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona suggests it might not be so good for your health if you’re not washing it enough.

Experts agree you should take home your mug for a good scrub daily.

“Colonies of germs are living in your favorite cup,” Charles Gerba, a professor of environmental microbiology at University of Arizona, tells Men’s Health.

Gerba’s research has shown that office mugs play host to all kinds of germs — even fecal bacteria.

Typically, the bacteria land there after the mug has been cleaned with a bacteria-laden sponge or scrub brush. The act of washing it becomes your very downfall.

This bacteria can survive in the mug’s nooks and crannies for three days, Gerba says. (It’s worth noting, however, that bacteria is everywhere, and a lot of it is perfectly harmless.)

Business Insider spoke with Jim Osgood, president and CEO of Klean Kanteen, for tips on how to best rid your mug of germs. His company makes those eco-friendly, stainless steel travel mugs that you see seemingly everywhere — and come coffee-connoisseur recommended.

Next time you reach for the coffee mug on your desk, remember, it’s a petri dish for filth.

That seemingly harmless “World’s Best Boss” cup may reduce the amount of paper waste you put into the world, but research from the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona suggests it might not be so good for your health if you’re not washing it enough.

Experts agree you should take home your mug for a good scrub daily.

“Colonies of germs are living in your favorite cup,” Charles Gerba, a professor of environmental microbiology at University of Arizona, tells Men’s Health.

Gerba’s research has shown that office mugs play host to all kinds of germs — even fecal bacteria.

Typically, the bacteria land there after the mug has been cleaned with a bacteria-laden sponge or scrub brush. The act of washing it becomes your very downfall.

This bacteria can survive in the mug’s nooks and crannies for three days, Gerba says. (It’s worth noting, however, that bacteria is everywhere, and a lot of it is perfectly harmless.)

Business Insider spoke with Jim Osgood, president and CEO of Klean Kanteen, for tips on how to best rid your mug of germs. His company makes those eco-friendly, stainless steel travel mugs that you see seemingly everywhere — and come coffee-connoisseur recommended.

 

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-clean-reusable-coffee-mug-2016-9

 

 

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