Our relationship with our cellphones has become the most intimate one lately, can you deny that? Unfortunately we are hooked 24/7 to our phones and the idea of losing them or detaching from them is borderline horrific! This is called the pocket technology syndrome. But have we ever thought of them as dirty objects? Cellphones are in fact one (if not the number one) of the filthiest devices around us, even dirtier than a toilet seat, known to carry 10 times more bacteria! Ugh!
Being supreme germ collectors, cellphones have the nature to trap many types of bacteria within their folds.. In fact, your own hand is the biggest culprit when it comes to putting filth on your phone. Carrying our phones almost everywhere with us, even in situations where you need your hands to be super clean, like before a meal or a beauty ritual routine, it’s important to know that germs crawl, creep and grow in our phones to the extent that more than 17,000 bacterial gene copies can be developed and cause a multitude of skin and health problems..
Naturally as humans, we have microbes covering our hands, natural oils as well, those are not pathogens and will not cause any problems, but some bacteria should be of concern to us, as not every environment we walk into is sterile, and can contaminate our phones, bacteria as Streptococcus, MRSA and even E. coli, viruses as well can easily spread and grow on our phones, if one person has strep throat or the flu for example and coughs on their cellphones before handling them to you will make you sick! As for using your cellphones in bathrooms, that’s where you should be alarmed! When toilets flush, they spread germs everywhere, which is how phones end up with fecal bacteria like E. coli.
Other concerns are skin, ear and respiratory tract infections. The exacerbation of pre-existing skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and dermatitis in certain situations can be a result of dirty phones..
How to germ-proof our cellphones?
1 || A soft microfiber cloth removes many of the germs. For a deeper clean, it is recommended using a combination of 60% water and 40% rubbing alcohol. Mix the ingredients together, and then dip a cloth in the solution before wiping it gently across your phone.
2 || The simple act of washing your own hands several times a day will be enough though..