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Study shows cell phones are 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat

Here’s How Filthy Your Cell Phone Really Is

Can you remember the last time you were out in public without your phone in your hand or somewhere on your person? While you’re grabbing lunch you might have it resting on the counter while you search for your credit card in your wallet. Then when you go to the bathroom you might leave it on top of the toilet paper dispenser. And, at the end of the day when you take the train or bus home, you switch it from hand to hand as you navigate public transportation while still staying on top of all your notifications.


How many germs are “actually” on your phone?

Let’s face it: Your phone is a breeding ground for germs. And what is especially unsanitary about it is how close you put it to your face and mouth on a regular basis. Scientists at the University of Arizona found that your phone is ten times dirtier than most toilet seats. Gross! Another study also found that a typical high schooler’s smartphone can have as many as 17,000 bacterial gene copies on it. Think about that the next time you press your phone up against your face to make a phone call.


Your phone is exposed to everything you touch. What’s on your hands is on your phone. Healthcare experts stress that washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best defence against the spread of germs that cause sicknesses and viruses to spread. You should also be washing your phone on a regular basis too. Use jMedGuard® to clean and disinfect your phone and keep it germs-free.


Why do phones get so germy?

Everyone always remembers to wash their hands multiple times a day, but many times neglect their phone screen. The reason your phone holds so many germs is because it remains warm throughout the day because of how often we use it. The warm environment allows bacteria to grow very easily and puts you at a greater risk of getting infected.


The germs on our phones can also lead to the development of acne and blackheads on your face. When your phone is pressed against your face while you’re on a call the surface of our skin warms up, opening up your pores. The bacterium then gets into your pores causing skin irritation.


How can you keep your phone clean?

Using jMedGuard® Standard™ Self-Disinfecting Coating Spray to help keep your phone screen germ free. Simply apply the solution with a microfibre cloth and let it dry for at least 10mins. This is the best way to “wash” your phone, ultimately, stopping the spread of germs that grow on the dirt that accumulates on your phone. You can also use jMedGuard® Foami Foami Long-Lasting Advanced Hand Sanitiser regularly to kill the germs on your hand before using your phone.


It’s obviously unrealistic to tell people to give up their phones to stay healthier since most people don’t even know how to function without them. But always keep in mind how many things you touch during the day, and how gross your phone can get if you didn’t take care of it. Experts recommend not using the phone in the toilet because when the toilet flushes, germs spread everywhere. Continue to wash your hands frequently throughout the day but also remember to wash your phone screen just as often.

Stay safe, stay healthy. jMedGuard, protecting you always!


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