It’s with us up to 24 hours a day but have you ever given any thought to mobile phone hygiene?
Just think about everything you touch during the course of an average day, keys, door handles, keyboards, pens, credit/debit cards, cash and so on. How many other people have touched those things? How hygienic are they? Have you ever checked your phone in a bathroom or public toilet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone if you have, apparently most people have checked their phone in a bathroom which goes someway towards explaining why 1 in 6 phones have faecal matter on them.
According to research, the average mobile phone has 18x more harmful bacteria than the handle on the door of a public toilet.
We go to the loo, use our phone and then pop it into our pocket or handbag, somewhere that’s nice and warm, in other words an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
A little later, we take our phone out of it’s bacterial breeding ground and hold it to our face to use it. Some of the bacteria transfer to our hands which gets transferred to others when we shake hands, touch money or other door handles etc and some gets transferred to our face – where it can cause acne.
Because few of us bother to really clean our phones (wiping the screen doesn’t count) the germs keep building up and they include E-Coli (great for upset tums), influenza and MRSA (causes rashes and skin infections)
So, the next time you have a spot or rash on your face or go down with an upset tummy or the flu, don’t look at who you’ve been in contact recently, take a long hard look at your mobile phone, it might well be the culprit.
So, what should we do? Well, you can buy anti-bacterial wipes specifically designed for electronic devices, or you could use standard rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth or paper towel. Use cotton buds to get in to those nooks and crannies and, finally, don’t forget to take your cover off and clean that too.