When it comes to germs, people fear the toilet seat, but there’s actually something a lot more personal that you should be concerned about. You carry your cell phone around, keeping it close, and press it next to your face, but did you know that it has more germs than a public toilet seat? In fact, it’s 7 times dirtier.
What kind of germs are we talking about? Fecal matter. A study done by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine revealed that fecal matter can be found on 1 in 6 phones.
It all comes down to hand washing. When we use the restroom, if we don’t properly wash our hands, we transfer that bacteria to our phones. Fecal bacteria can survive on hands and surfaces for hours at a time, especially in warmer temperatures. When we spread it to our phones, it is then possible for our phones to spread it to other people. These types of germs include E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus, among others, and can make people very sick.
To be safe and clean, always wash your hands properly. Take care of your phones by disinfecting them. Do not spray disinfectant directly onto your phone, but onto a microfiber cloth. Wipe the front and back of the phone and let it air dry. Repeat this process on the phone case as well.
If we all take the time to keep our hands clean, perhaps one day the toilet seat will be the scariest thing out there.