Your Cell Phone is a Breeding Ground For Germs, But Doesn’t Need To Be

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Kevin Bond April 22, 2016

How Dirty Is A Cell Phone?

We’ll answer that question in a round-about way:

You use your phone while you’re sitting on the toilet. Maybe you’re reading this right now in the bathroom – we caught you, didn’t we?! We think that’s enough to answer whether your cell phone is dirty. Nonetheless, we’ll continue:

The Life of a Cell Phone

Your poor cell phone buddy can’t afford to be too much of a germophobe — he’s constantly in contact with the little buggers. A U.K. study found bacteria on 92 percent of the cell phones studied, with E. coli on 16 percent of them.

A study by Dial-a-Phone discovered more bacteria on cell phones than on toilet seats, shoes, door handles and computer keyboards. The amount of bacteria on cell phones is actually 10 times higher than you generally find on toilet seats, says the University of Arizona.Celluwipes reduce the spread of germs

How does all that bacteria get there? Your phone is:

  • Grabbed and pressed by dirty hands
  • Passed to other people with their own germs to share
  • Placed on surfaces that have been holding a hodgepodge of everything from sweat to a cat’s litter-filled paws or the residue of raw meat

Yes, your phone is dirty. In fact, it’s downright disgusting. The Wall Street Journal tested eight phones in a study and found that every single one of them contained a type of bacteria associated with fecal matter. Sick!

Passing Germs to You

You wash your hands, take showers and clean the surfaces around your home. But you still haven’t cleaned your phone, have you? After going to the bathroom, you touch the phone’s screen and transfer germs from your fingers and to your phone. They fester throughout the day in your pocket, breeding and multiplying.

Bacteria, including E. coli and S. aureus, are transferred from the glass of your cell phone screen to your fingertips at a significant level of up to 78.6 percent, as this study in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Journal highlights.

Great Gift Ideas for the Germaphobe and Health Conscious

If you don’t have Celluwipes handy, try one of these awesome germaphobe approved ideas or products to make your life a little bit safer and a lot a bit cleaner.

20 Awesome Gifts for Germaphobes You’ll Want To Keep

What Can Be Done To Fight Bacteria?

To fight germs, it’s time to get smart and clean your cell phone on a regular basis. You might wonder how to clean your cell phone without ruining the screen’s protective coating. All you need is a quick swipe with Celluwipes.

Cellwuipes box of wipes

Celluwipes: The Before You Type, One Swipe, Screen Wipe.

Wipe Away The Bad & Sanitize for Your Health:

  • Effectively wipe out an array of bacteria from your cell phone’s surface.
  • Come in a convenient package that allows you to easily clean your phone when you’re out.
  • Safely clean electronic devices, from phones to tablets and computers.

When you don’t have Celluwipes, use hand sanitizer to clean your hands after touching anything dirty, icky, or messy and before touching your phone. Wipe with a slightly damp cloth or use other cleaner you may have handy, but be careful that whatever you use has been 100% proven to cause no harm to the protective coating and electronics of your device.

TL;DR – The Verdict

Yeah, your phone has the POTENTIAL to be a disgusting breeding ground for germs and bacteria. But you’ve got Celluwipes on your side. Or in your back pocket. Or your purse. Or your backpak. Because they’re so handy and easy to carry around.

Now you know how to combat all that bacteria on your phone. Carry on, germophobes!

About Kevin Bond

Kevin is Content Designer at Right Brain Media where he is passionate about creating compelling, captivating and imaginative content in the written, audio and visual form. Kevin likes to write and record music, dole out high-fives and is the loving dog-parent of the world's greatest Reverse-Albino Speckle-Footed Egyptian Running Hound.

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