Your Cellphone Is Covered in Germs!

All of us know that we need to wash our hands regularly to keep germs at bay. But do we ever stop to think about cleaning our cell phones?

Due to our increasing dependence on smartphones, it probably comes as no surprise that our devices are covered in bacteria. Once you hear the amount and types of bacteria, you might think twice about placing your next call without disinfecting first.

Numerous studies have been conducted in recent years, and the results are all pretty much the same. Essentially, your phone is a breeding ground for germs and it’s dirtier than a toilet seat. A few of the standout germs that could be lurking on your phone include E. coli,Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus.

Everyone always remembers to wash their hands multiple times a day, but many times neglect their phone screen. The reason your phone holds so many germs is because it remains warm throughout the day because of how often we use it.

According to Seattle Times journalist Bobby Caina Calvan, your phone is covered in germs: 25,127 bacteria per square inch, to be precise.

This makes cell phones one of the dirtiest objects we come in contact with every day. In fact, when compared to other items that are infamously “dirty,” cell phones take the lead—by far.

  • Toilet seat: 1,201 bacteria per square inch
  • Kitchen counter: 1,736 bacteria per square inch
  • Pet food dish: 2,110 bacteria per square inch
  • Checkout screen: 4,500 bacteria per square inch
  • Doorknob: 8,643 bacteria per square inch

So what do you do? Well, for starters, keep washing your hands (or start, if you don’t do so regularly). But second, clean your phone. Some recommend disposable wipes made to clean and disinfect cell phone surfaces, but you can also clean your phone with a gentile cloth—not a paper towel that may scratch your phone—dampened with a mix of 60% water and 40% isopropyl alcohol.

If you’re high-tech, a gadget that pulses UV light to destroy surface bacteria might be your thing. UV-C sanitizers will rid your everyday essentials of germs without the need for wet wipes or microfiber cloths.

You may be wondering how to clean your cellphone without using liquid sanitizers. The answer: UV-C light technology.

The Settle Times
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Dave Roos

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