Your smartphone could be a slab of germs with more filth than a toilet seat. A new study, carried out by Insurance2go, found that a smartphone screen, back button, lock button and home button were all more germ infested than a toilet seat. This could, in part, be down to the fact that many residents don’t clean their smartphones. More than a third have never cleaned their phones with cleaning fluids, wipes or similar.
Most people don’t give a second thought to using their cell phone everywhere, from their morning commute to the dinner table to the doctor’s office. But research shows that cell phones are far dirtier than most people think, and the more germs they collect, the more germs you touch.
In fact, your own hand is the biggest culprit when it comes to putting filth on your phone. Users check their phones about 47 times per day, according to a survey by Deloitte, which affords plenty of opportunities for microorganisms to move from your fingers to your phone.
You probably even pick up your phone after touching that most disgusting of household objects. Every time you pick it up, you transfer whatever microbes and viruses are on your hand. If you talk on your phone, you breathe out the microorganisms living in your respiratory tract.
Toilet seat comparisons are fun but really should be no surprise, since your phone comes into contact with so much more of yourself and the world — and toilet seats are usually cleaned more frequently. As for frequency, a daily wipe down is recommended. If you miss it once or twice, that’s okay. But don’t make it a habit.