You wipe your toilet seat off don’t you? You even use disinfectant when you do.
So why don’t you properly clean your smartphone? You are touching it all day long and putting it up against your cheek…yeah now it seems kind of gross doesn’t it?
Clean your smart phone.
• They found quantities of yeast, mould and aerobic bacteria in all areas of the phones.
• After polling a thousand UK adults, the firm found that only one in 20 clean their phones every six months or less.
• The smartphone screens tested were over ten times more infected than a toilet seat and flush handle.
The average smartphone screen is more than three times dirtier than a toilet seat, according to recent research.
Gadget insurance specialists Insurance2go swabbed three different handsets – an iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel – to find out how much bacteria each accumulated.
They found quantities of yeast, mould and aerobic bacteria in all areas of the phones. Which isn’t surprising when you realise the average Brit touches their phone screen 3,000 times a day.
But according to the firm, a third of Brits have never even cleaned their phones.
After polling a thousand UK adults, the firm found that only one in 20 clean their phones every six months or less.
‘Our testing found that smartphone screens harboured the highest amount of bacteria, yeast and mould, with 254.9 units of infection present per cm2,’ the company said.
So, on average, each device had 84.9 units of infection whilst the average toilet seat contains about 24 units. An office keyboard and mouse has five.
‘The smartphone screens tested were over ten times more infected than a toilet seat and flush,’ said Insurance2go.
‘Bad news considering we press our phone screens against our faces.’
Thankfully, cleaning your phone doesn’t have to be a chore.
Specialists recommend using a lint-free cloth sprayed with some diluted alcohol solution wiped across the front and back of the phone.
Doing this once a week is all it takes to keep your phone bacteria-free.