Our friends at The Lip Balm Company identified these eight locations:
1: The printer/copy machine. Think about it: How many people touch the buttons on the printer to check the job list, scan a document, or make copies? Probably more than you think — and you never know how clean the hands are of the people who’ve used the machine before you.
2: Door handles. Granted, you often can’t enter an office or meeting room without touching the door handle, so handles become a place where germs gather pretty quickly. From co-workers to clients and delivery people, you never know who has touched them and what your hand got exposed to after following suit.
3: Shared microwaves and refrigerators. This is a big one, especially because food is involved. How many times do people touch the microwave and refrigerator door to make or grab their lunch? And how often do you see a mess left inside, leaving someone else to clean it up?
4: Shared sinks. Especially if employees have the habit of leaving mugs, containers, or utensils in the sink for a period of time, germs have time to accumulate. Even if it’s empty, the sink may not be as clean as you think.
5: The bathroom. This one is a given, of course, so people should be all the more mindful about washing their hands thoroughly and using a paper towel to open the door when leaving. Even beyond physical surfaces, germs can circulate the air, leading to a greater risk of sickness.
6: Your keyboard. This one isn’t surprising, even if you’re the only one who uses your keyboard throughout the day. Think about the times you blew your nose or sneezed and then kept typing away without sanitizing your hands, or the times you ate lunch at your desk and left traces of food nearby.
7: Your desk chair and working space. Do you sweat easily? Do you bring in items from outside your office that land on your desk? Your working area may be more prone to collecting germs than you realize.
8: Your phone. Whether you use a company phone or cell phone (or both), it can gather a crazy amount of bacteria that you don’t even think about. Your hands and face touch it often, creating a potential mainstay for germs if not cleaned.
So what is there to do? You can’t be constantly washing your hands throughout the day — but you can keep hand sanitizer at your desk and apply it as often as needed, encouraging your co-workers and clients to do the same. Because it fights harmful bacteria both in the office and elsewhere, it’s a fantastic promotional item, serving a practical purpose while getting your name in front of others in an intentional and effective way. These products put your name practically everywhere!
Iced Pear Hand Sanitizer with Silicone Attachment, which is extremely convenient for placing on a bag of any kind and great for those who appreciate a unique scent.
Credit Card Hand Sanitizer Spray because its flat shape makes it easy to store, its vanilla scent is wonderful, and its imprint area is generous!
Other varieties include our Hand Sanitizer Tottle and Hand Sanitizer Spray — and they’re all very affordable to provide a high return on investment.
Case in point: Don’t let germs harbor in those hidden places in your office — fight back with hand sanitizer!