You’ve got company. According to a recent survey, 91 percent of adult computer users think cleaning keyboards, mice, and mouse pads is important, but only 25 percent actually get around to the job. Result: stained, sticky keys; a mouse pad splattered like a Jackson Pollock; and a work space that’s a virtual petri dish for microbes, which, we’re told, can duplicate every 15 to 20 minutes. Eeewww.
The people at Fellowes, Inc. know we’re slobs, so they’ve introduced a line of computer accessories with built-in Microban protection. While you work, these pretreated devices put some shock and awe on those invisible beasties. At the next cocktail party, remind co-workers that the average desk has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat — but not yours. $5-$90. (800) 945-4545, www.fellowes.com
— Chris Tucker