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Which is faster: heat or cold?

Heat. Because you can catch cold.

Are you ready for cold and flu season? Have you got your industrial-sized bottle of antibacterial soap and a pallet of tissues handy? There’s one more thing you should consider.

You already know to keep your hands clean, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, and to spray handles and doorknobs with some sort of germ killer. But there’s another potential disease vector lurking in your office kitchen.

The communal sponge.

Hey, it’s great that you clean out your coffee mugs when you’re done, but when was the last time that sponge was cleaned? You finish washing, wring out the sponge, and set it on the sink. So does everybody else. You think you’re reaching for this



But it may as well be this



There are three ways to combat these little germ factories:

  1. Soak the sponge in a diluted bleach mixture for five minutes at the end of each day. Wring it out and let it air dry.
  2. Place a damp sponge in the microwave on High for 2-5 minutes (depending on the power of the appliance). Make sure it doesn’t catch on fire. Do this a couple of times a week.
  3. Replace the sponge every week.

These tips go for your sponges at home, too. It’s not only good for cold and flu season; it helps prevent illness all year long.

If you do get sick, you can pass your recovery time with one of these great mugs:

1. Stop Asking the Internet



Going to WebMD is like reading a choose-your-own-adventure book where every decision leads to death.

2. Contents Under Pressure



Thank goodness doctors have a lot of patients. Get it? Sorry.

3. Survival of the Fittest



Because you don’t want the sniffles when you’re fighting off the zombie hordes.

4. Don’t Overdo It



It’s just a cold. You’ll (probably) get better.

5. Take as Directed



See? If you’d cleaned your sponges in the first place, you wouldn’t be in this mess.

These are just a few samples from our collections of Doctor, Nurse, and Pharmacist mugs. And you can personalize any of our designs by ordering a Customized Mug.