How Dirty is Your Phone?

Dirty phone
Dirty phone

Think about this for a moment. How many times a day do you use your cellphone? You set it down, pick it up, slide your fingers all around and then hold it next to your face multiple times throughout the day. Now, answer this… How many times have you gone to the restroom and taken your phone with you? Yea, that’s what I thought.

Our hands come in contact with some really dirty stuff every second of the day. Money, credit cards, and door handles are just some of the items that are full of germs and bacteria. Those germs are easily transferred and you may not even realize how bad it really is.

According to a recent scientific study, one of the most common contaminants found on mobile devices is fecal matter. Yes, I’m sure you wash your hands thoroughly and try to be conscious of what you touch but unfortunately, not everyone does the same. Your phone could be a major cause of stomach and flu bugs, especially if you have a habit of taking it to the restroom.

How to keep your phone clean
You can use disinfectant wipes to carefully to clean your phone but you may risk harming the screen. A 40/60 alcohol-to-water mixture on solid phone parts and keyboards should be OK for your devices (use a damp cloth and/or cotton swab for small and hard-to-reach places). However you do not want to use any sort of alcohol, ammonia, or harsh cleaning agent on touch screens.

If you’re really grossed out by this, go ahead and spend a little more money on a more conventional device that was created to clean your phone. The Phonesoap charger could be a solution to your germ problem.

And for goodness sakes… Stop taking your phone to the restroom!

Source:
Wall Street Journal

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