Mobile Phones Can Carry 18 Times as Many Germs as the Toilet Handle in a Man’s Bathroom
Tests have shown that the average mobile phone carries 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle, some of which are could be harmful.
The tests, carried out by Which? magazine, show that almost a quarter of the 63 million mobiles currently used in Britain are potentially hazardous to health. One of the mobiles tested had so many germs that it could have given the owner a serious stomach upset, with 39 times the safe level of enterobacteria found on it. It also showed traces of faecal matter, along with bugs responsible for food poisoning such as e.coli and staphylococcus aureus.
As phones are used so regularly in modern life, all the germs which our hands come into contact with on a daily basis will also come into contact with our mobile phones. Not only that, but with the advent of smartphones, phones are often passed back and forth between people to look at something online or to watch a video or view a picture. That means your phone won’t only be exposed to the germs from your hands, but also those of anyone else who touches it. And, because we don’t often clean our phones – you can’t exactly just run them under the tap – the bacteria simply build up, layer by layer.
Of course, the problem also goes for larger devices such as laptops and iPads, and even if you have a removable iPad skin the chances are you won’t be able to keep all of the germs out.
To keep your phone as safe and clean as possible, take simple steps such as making sure you wash your hands after handling food or using the toilet, and be aware about who you pass your mobile over to.
Phones can be easily sterilised with an alcoholic wipe, and it’s also wise to invest in a phone cleaning kit which will keep your phone germ-free as well as having the added benefit of ensuring your touch screen is clean and clear, making it easier to view and use.