How dirty is your cell phone? VERY!

June 26, 2019

When we think of the dirtiest places/things we encounter on a daily basis – public toilets, kitchen counters, door knobs, the soles of our shoes, a pet’s food bowl – cell phones don’t necessarily come to mind. Guess what?  Your cell phone is quite possibly dirtier than all of those items!

Yep, the average cell phone has 25,000 germs per square inch, and some research claims that 92% of cell phone have bacteria on them, including, in some cases, E.coli, Streptococcus and MRSA which can all lead to some nasty infections.

Think of all the ways a cell phone can get that dirty – I mean, most of us take ours with us everywhere. So consider our own fingers and our sweat. Factor in where we use our phones – gyms, on public transportation, during meals, in restrooms. Plus we share our phones, roll around with our pets taking photos with our phones, and set our phones on desks, countertops, benches, tables and put them in our pockets and purses (my purse is gross!)

So how can we keep our phones somewhat clean? For hard plastic cases, take the phone out and wipe down the whole case and phone with a distilled water and alcohol solution on a lint-free cloth. A cotton swab dipped into the same solution can clean the buttons and lens opening area. DO NOT use ammonia, window cleaner, hydrogen peroxide, abrasive powders or aerosol spray cleaners.   

And maybe – just maybe – skip the bathroom texting.