How Dirty is Your Phone?

March 12, 2015

How dirty is YOUR phone?
Everyday life consists of inevitably being in contact with dirty things— like a toilet bowl handle, a doorknob, handling money, or simply shaking hands with someone. The problem is that the bacteria from these places then transfer onto our phones. You may wash your hands, but you might rethink how often you clean your phone after you read the facts below.
Phones contain many different types of bacteria:
Staphylococcus, E. Coli, and MRSA are among some of the different species of bacteria.
According to Fox News: A cell phone has 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom!
Do you ever use your cell phone on the toilet? Well, 1 in 6 people have fecal matter on their phone.
Bacteria multiply in warm, dark places: We usually store our phones in convenient places for us—but great places for germs to quickly multiply. Like your pocket, hand, purse, and even against your cheek.
You phone contains about 25,000 bacteria per square inch (BPSI)- much dirtier than some dirty things!
Toilet Seat- 1201 BPSI
Kitchen Counter- 1736 BPSI
Pet Food Dish- 2110 BPSI
ATM- 4500 BPSI
Doorknob-8643 BPSI

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