Desktop Snacking Without a Greasy Keyboard

July 5, 2010 at 5:00 am 9 comments

With more work and less help, it’s no surprise that nearly 70% of Americans eat lunch at their desks. At 61% the majority of people also snack at their desk throughout the day.

All that food is one reason keyboards and mice are have more bacteria than most toilet seats. Also, office toilet seats are usually sanitized daily, when was the last time your keyboard or mouse were?

This tip is helpful because your hands never touch your food. This prevents your keyboard from getting dirtier and it keeps your hands from passing bacteria to your mouth.

1. Pour bite-size snacks into a cup or glass.

2. Angle cup into your mouth so bite-size snacks fall into your mouth.

3. Chew, swallow and repeat from step 2.

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Sources: Home Food Safety Org, ABC News

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Patrick  |  July 5, 2010 at 11:46 am


  • 2. sarah  |  July 5, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I have to say, after a string of utterly delightful and primarily useful secrets, this is way up there on the disappoint-o-meter. really? a glass? so i should chop my egg salad sandwich into bite-size pieces, should i? pour doritos directly into my mouth? come on. you’re better than this!

    • 3. Chad Upton  |  July 5, 2010 at 9:05 pm

      If you’ve never eaten snacks from a glass then maybe it’s not such an obvious solution. I don’t know about egg salad sandwiches, but Doritos would work, especially if they were the “tiny bites” variety. Thanks for reading and feel free to suggest some secrets of your own.

      • 4. sarah  |  July 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

        I’m thinking the big ones that I have to maneuver to bite comfortably. When I saw the headline I was hoping for a be-all end-all delight that would END KEYBOARD GREASINESS FOREVER. This is a big problem on my husband’s machine :)

        Regardless, upon a second reading my original post sounds harsher than I intended and I feel the need to reiterate how much I love your site and will certainly pass along any secrets I may come across :)

  • 5. Kim  |  July 9, 2010 at 6:43 am

    When I read the title, I thought it would have something to do with saran-wrap on the keyboard. I think it could work, though :]

    • 6. dita  |  August 10, 2011 at 6:36 am

      Saran-wrap or any heavy-duty plastic wrap works *very* well. I have plastic wrapped my keyboards at home for years with great success. Barring a major disaster or spill the plastic wrap will last 3-4 months. I overlap the wrap underneath the keyboard and secure it with a few pieces of scotch tape. Though the keyboards here see light use (web, email, photos, videos, etc.) this often involves dirt, motor oil, grease, pets, moisture, not to mention food and drinks (dried milk is the worst!). Sounds like a pig sty? Nope, just a home-on the range battlefield with keyboards armored in green plastic wrap.

  • 7. Aaron the Truck Driver  |  July 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    It is impossible to keep the keyboard clean while eating, with or without a glass full of popcorn. What we need is a keyboard that is dishwasher safe.

  • 8. vix  |  July 12, 2010 at 1:49 am

    use chopsticks

    • 9. weeaboo  |  July 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm



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