Your Mobile Phone Is 10 Times Dirtier Than Your Toilet Seat
Most people do not give a second though to using their mobile phone everywhere, from their morning breakfast to the dinner table to the GP medicinal center. But research shows that mobile phone are far dirtier than most people think, and the more germs they collect, the more germs you touch.
In fact, your own hand is the biggest culprit when it comes to putting filth on your phone. UK people check their phones about 47 times per day, which will give plenty of opportunities for germs to move from your fingers to your phone.
Research has varied on just how many germs are crawling on the average mobile phone, but recent study found more than 17000 bacterial gene copies on the phones of secondary school students. Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that the mobile phone carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.
Studies have found serious pathogens on mobile phone, including Streptococcus, MRSA and even E.coli. Just having these microbes on your phone won’t automatically make you sick, but you still don’t want to let them enter your body system.
Luckily, there are easy ways to avoid some germs. One of the worst places to use your phone is in the bathroom. When toilets flush, they spread germs everywhere, which is how phones end up with fecal bacteria like E.coli. So keeping your phone out of the bathroom will help, but if you want to clean your phone, a few different methods will work. Many people just wipe their phones with a soft microfiber cloth, which will remove many of the germs. For a deeper clean, using a combination of 60% water and 40% rubbing alcohol is recommended. Mix the ingredients together and then dip a cloth in the solution before wiping it gently across your phone. Unless you are sick, doing this a few times each month is plenty.
Still, the best advice has more to do with you than your phone. Wash your hands several times a day, the experts say, and you will likely be just fine.
By Abigail Abrams – Health / Time