Your Phone Is 10 Times Dirtier Than Your Toilet

August 28, 2017

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Just how dirty is your cell phone?  About 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat!  Our obsession with these devices means that our hands are touching it about 47 times a day.  Each time we touch it, it gives plenty of opportunities for microorganisms to move from your fingers to your phone. A recent study found more than 17,000 bacterial gene copies on the phones of high school students, including Streptococcus, MRSA and even E. coli. Viruses can also spread on phones if one person is sick with strep throat or influenza and coughs on their cell phone before handing it off to a friend. So with all this ick, when was the last time you cleaned your phone?  Toilets are cleaner because they are generally cleaned more often than cell phone, remote controls and light switches, which are generally omitted from cleaning routines.  The good news is cleaning your phones is simple.  A wipe or two with a soft microfiber cloth which will remove many of the germs. A combination of 60% water and 40% rubbing alcohol will also work by mixing the two together and dipping a cloth in the solution before wiping carefully across the surface of your phone, which includes the back and case. And while leaving your phone outside the bathroom is the best way to keep it clean, the best advice is to wash your hands several times a day to ensure you are keeping the ick down to the minimum.


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