The surprising item in your home that harbors more bacteria than a toilet

Thought your bathroom was the grubbiest part of your home? Well think again because it's a lot cleaner than THIS everyday item

Woman eating sandwich at her desk.
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Eating al desko is bang on trend. We all do it, grab a quick meal while squirreling away at our desks. But did you know that the average laptop keyboard harbors 20,000 times the germs as a toilet seat? The thought alone would turn anyone off their food.

Now, before you reach for the nearest anti-bac wipe, don your marigolds, and get the bleach out - the fact is those options aren’t the one for your highly prized tech. 

Luckily, your tech of choice doesn’t need to stay grubby as there are products on the market that not only rid it of these harmful germs - but prevent them too.

A prime example of a top-shelf product, that has been developed to tackle this issue is ASUS Antibacterial Guard Technology (opens in new tab). This product looks at prevention before your prized laptop fills itself up with more germs and bacteria than your average loo. In other words, you won’t need to cancel your snack plans, your afternoon biscuit, or that zoom lunch you’d planned with distant family and friends. 

Woman and child using laptop together.

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ASUS Antibacterial Guard Technology (opens in new tab) is a coating that features across a range of their laptops that inhibits 99% of bacteria on the keyboard and touchpad. With ASUS, you get 99% bacterial inhibition. Their technology provides the best bacterial protection you can get your hands on and if you don’t believe me, just look at the science.

This impressive technology has been tested to ISO 22196 and proven to have a 99% bacterial-inhibiting effect over a 24-hour period. It’s applied to most-touched laptop areas that are breeding grounds for germs. All those bits your dirty mitts are inadvertently polluting. This includes the keyboard, touchpad, palm rest area, power button, and fingerprint sensor. Brilliantly, this offers over three years of protection in normal usage and if you still fancy using an anti-bac wipe - the coating is resistant to household cleaning products, alcohol wipes, and even soapy water.

You’re probably wondering how this works, and what witchcraft the scientists over at ASUS are using. Well, it’s all down to science, and as the data shows - this science is even more magical than you could imagine.

ASUS Antibacterial Guard is a surface coating on the laptop, mainly containing positively-charged silver ions. Upon contact, the silver ions and negatively-charged microbial cells are attracted to each other, causing the ions to pierce through the surfaces of bacterial cells and damage their structure, impairing their ability to develop and spawn.

Scientists swabbing a laptop to see what bacteria it harbors.

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If the name ASUS  sounds familiar, it’s no surprise it’s a global technology leader that provides the world’s most innovative and intuitive devices, components, and solutions to deliver incredible experiences that enhance the lives of people everywhere. This includes acknowledging that many of us enjoy a nibble while tapping away on the keyboard. With its team of 5,000 in-house R&D experts, ASUS is world-renowned for continuously reimagining today’s technologies for tomorrow, garners more than 11 awards every day for quality, innovation, and design, and is ranked among Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies.

Feeling hungry again? Well, with ASUS, eating al desko is back on the menu - and you can tick one cleaning job off your list too. 

Click here to find out more about ASUS Antibacterial Guard (opens in new tab) 

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

She's an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

Outside of work you might bump into her at a garden center, charity shop, yoga studio, lifting heavy weights, or (most likely) supping/eating some sort of delicious drink/meal.