Cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than toilets

Clean your phone!
Posted at 1:58 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 13:58:14-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Ninety-five percent of Americans own a cellphone and those phones are constantly being exposed to different surfaces, pockets and purses, and our fingers and faces. We wipe down our things and wash our bodies, but what about your phone? How often do you clean your phone?

Researchers at the University of Arizona found that cellphones carry ten times more bacteria than a toilet seat. While many bacteria are harmless, some studies have found serious pathogens on cellphones like E-Coli, MRSA, and Strep.

To avoid picking up bacteria, don’t take your phone in the bathroom with you. Experts say you should wipe down your phone a few times each month with a mixture of 60 percent water and 40 percent rubbing alcohol. Never spray liquid directly onto your phone, and don’t forget to wipe down your case!

You should clean your phone every other day if you’re sick or if you work in an environment like a hospital or doctor’s office. If your phone case is made of plastic, you can run it through the dishwasher for an extra deep clean.