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Published February 17, 2014, 10:30 PM

Germ Havens: Where they live may surprise you

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With spring right around the corner and some of us itching to get outside, it's a hot time for germs inside the work place. If you spend your winter months sitting behind a desk we've got some bad news for you. Cubicles are like petri-dishes when it comes to bacteria.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With spring right around the corner and some of us itching to get outside, it's a hot time for germs inside the work place. If you spend your winter months sitting behind a desk we've got some bad news for you. Cubicles are like petri-dishes when it comes to bacteria.

Heidi Haaven - Sundog Communications Director: "I'm not like a germophobe"

When you talk germs, the look says it all.

Heidi Haaven: "Five times dirtier than a toilet seat. Oh that's disgusting..haha that is really gross."

Sundog Communications Director Heidi Haaven just found out just how dirty the desk she uses daily really is, despite such a clean-looking surface.

Heidi Haaven: "The fact that I eat lunch at my desk almost every day, that statistic is disgusting to me."

She said it - the average keyboard is five times dirtier than a toilet seat because it's much harder to clean. But cleanliness goes down the drain right where you wash up. 95% of people do not wash their hands properly. All of the dim lights and moist places are perfect hiding spots for our hands worst enemies.

Heidi Haaven: "I would rather not know that fact for sure."

Another hotspot is the cold fridge in the break room. Just like us, bacteria love a little bite to eat. The average company only cleans this space about once a month, some even less.

Heidi Haaven: "I don't think most people would even consider how dirty their workspaces actually are. I know that I don't.

The water cooler, shared pens, and headphones - they too make the list. But the winner is your desk phone, home to 25,000 germs per square inch. So next time you go to grab it, you might reach for some germ-killing cleaner first.

Heidi Haaven: "I probably won't eat at my desk anymore hahaha"

If you work with cash, the numbers are even worst: A study found each bill contains about 26,000 bacteria. That is enough germs to make you sick, and even spread disease.

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