Lazy people, rejoice. Our time is now.
The debate surrounding the sanitation of our office coffee mug has finally been put to rest. For die-hard coffee drinkers, this is a deeply serious topic of conversation. Prepare to be floored.
Apparently, it's perfectly fine to never wash that mug ever again.
According to science (and, more specifically, a recent column), there's absolutely no need to wash your gross looking coffee drinking receptacles that you've allowed to grow fertile with grime for the past however-many-years.
But before you throw away the sponge, there are, of course, restrictions on this ruling.
Jeffrey Starke, a pediatrics professor at Baylor College of Medicine, told the Journal this is only okay as long as you aren't sharing your mug with anyone else, and if you don't leave any cream or sugar in there over night (this could cause mold to grow).
Starke went on to explain, "If I went and cultured the average unwashed coffee cup, of course I’m going to find germs."
"But remember the vast majority came from the person who used the cup."
Basically, we are all gross, but our coffee mug doesn't necessarily have to be.
On the other side of the coin, household objects that we consider vital to cleanliness might in fact be the biggest offenders when it comes to dirtying things up.
That brown-tinged kitchen sponge that you use to wash your office dishes, (including your coffee mugs)? Yeah, it's apparently riddled with germs.
Essentially, even if you had the ambition to clean your mug, it wouldn't even really be worth it.
So, we hereby pledge to never wash our office mugs ever again. After all, a little coffee never hurt anyone. Even science says so.