Americans check their cell phones up to 50 times a day, on average.
How germy is it really?
Your cell phone has nearly three times more bacteria per square inch than public door knobs and your pet’s water bowl. According to a study published in the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, our cell phones and devices are a breeding ground for staph and strep along with other bacteria. No matter how often you wash your hands, if you aren’t properly cleaning your devices at least once a week, you are exposing yourself to many germs and bacteria that are busy growing on screens, cases and devices – 24/7.
Tips on how to clean your phone
- Remove your phone’s / device’s case and place it on a clean cloth and level surface.
- Use a cell phone or device cleaning product.
- Clean front, sides and back of your phone, all around your case, inside and out.
- Put the phone back into the clean case.
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“Your Mobile Phone Is Dirtier Than You Think,” (accessed 11/10/2017); available at http://info.debgroup.com/blog/bid/290652/your-mobile-phone-is-dirtier-than-you-think Bianca Consunji;
“Your Phone Is Dirtier Than These 5 Objects,” (accessed 11/10/2017), available at: http://mashable.com/2013/05/06/your-phone-is-dirtier-than-these-5- objects/ utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburner&utm_campaign=-Feed:+Mashable+