Desktop Dining
If your office is where you eat your meals, keep it as clean and safe as any kitchen.

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Whether it's lunching on leftovers or snacking on sweets, our office desks often double as dining tables. It's easy to forget about keeping things clean with deadlines and demands pressing, but give your work environment the same TLC you give your kitchen table and countertops. Here are some helpful ways to do it.


Wash Up: Wash your hands with soap and running water before and after handling food. Keep alcohol-based towelettes or hand sanitizer in your desk drawer as a fallback if you can't get to the sink.

Sanitize Surfaces: Clean all surfaces before you eat or prepare food on them. It's best to reach for a paper towel or anti-bacterial wipe. Avoid using the community sponge.

Play it Cool: Put your brown bag in the fridge as soon as you get to work. Perishable sandwiches and leftovers can spoil if left unrefrigerated for more than two hours.

Make a Date: Most perishables will last three to four days in the fridge. Keep track by labeling and dating your meals.

By Lori Storm, Editor
Created on 09/28/2011
Updated on 09/29/2011
Sources:
  • American Dietetic Association. Is Your Desk Making You Sick?
  • American Dietetic Association. Desktop Dining.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives.
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