How Dirty is Your Phone?


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

Dr. Jeannie Kenkare

Written by Dr. Jeannie Kenkare

Dr. Kenkare is a highly experienced clinician with a background in family medicine. As a founding member of PhysicianOne Urgent Care's parent company Happy Mountains, she is also our Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kenkare provides guidance and leadership to our health care team, and is responsible for the review of clinical guidelines, decision tools, and outcomes to develop and implement strategies that will improve patient care and clinical quality.


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