We all know one of the best ways to prevent illness is to wash your hands. We hear it all the time. But you might as well skip the sink altogether if you don’t do this very important step first.
It’s connected to our fingertips at all times. It’s up against our faces. It comes with us everywhere.
Yup. Your cell phone is the dirtiest, filthiest thing you can lay your precious little piggies on.
DIRTIER THAN YOU THINK
We have all done it. Trying to open the public bathroom door with our elbow, kicking the stall door open or even using our feet to flush our ferocious fishes down the golden throne.
Well, you need to focus less on the public restroom and more on your cell phone.
Your cell phone is 18 TIMES dirtier than a public restroom.
HOW IS MY PHONE SO FILTHY?
Think about it. You touch EVERYTHING and rarely (If ever) disinfect your phone.
POTTY PHONE TIME
I’m SURE you’ve done it. Dropping a tweet while also dropping the Cosby kids off at the pool.
According to researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 1 in 6 phones have fecal matter on them.
Researchers analyzed 780 swab samples — 390 from mobile phones and 390 from the hands that used them — in 12 U.K. cities. They found that 16% of both hands and phones were contaminated with E. coli, potentially illness-causing bacteria that is fecal in origin.
You shake hands with your bud –You touch your phone.
You touch the shopping cart — You touch your phone.
You share your phone. Hey, you gotta see this YouTube video! –You touch your phone.
Your pay the cashier with your wallet full of cash — You touch your phone.
You pick your nose — You touch your phone. (You know you do it)
You cook that gourmet chicken dinner for your sweetheart. Oh how much parsley did you need? You check back up on that recipe and…yup– You touch your phone.
WARMTH = BACTERIA BREEDING GROUND
Battery Battleground--Your phone is always warm from its battery, and bacteria loves warmth, so bacteria is actually breeding right on your phone.
Warm Storage Solutions — I’m sure your phone is usually packed in your back pocket, in your purse or in another tight space. These are perfect conditions for more and more bacteria to grow and thrive.
How To Prevent Cell Phone Germs
- Check with your manufacturer to see what is safe to use on your specific phone
- Mix water with rubbing alcohol on to a damp cloth and rub it on to your screen surface and phone
- Take off your phone cover temporarily to clean inside all of the small spaces
- Get a soft, lint free, microfiber cloth and keep it handy for a quick clean and removing fingerprints
- For another option, add distilled water and white vinegar to a damp cloth and clean your surface and phone
- Use a cotton swab to clean the narrow spaces
- Make it a habit! Keep these products on hand so you can easily clean your phone a few times a day
Thanks for letting me into your world awhile,