Your phone is way dirtier than your toilet seat

Well, that’s what they tell me. But with all the recent talk about Coronavirus (and endless coverage, no less), it’s hard not to think about germs in general. We’re all instructed to wash our hands constantly. And when I was in a daze staring at my phone, it made me think about how dirty my phone was. The answer? Your phone is way dirtier than your toilet seat.

Think about it, it’s your sidekick. We’re always on our phones. It goes to the bathroom with us (don’t lie). When I walk my dogs and clean up their business, I’m usually carrying my phone. I have to get very clever with balance and sleight of hand to pull it off.

Your phone is way dirtier than your toilet seat
It’s not advised to actually put your phone into the toilet.

But even though we wash our hands after all these ‘tasks’, do we ever really wash our phones. That’s a resounding ‘no’.

I did a quick search and found fecal matter is found on 1 of every 6 smartphones according to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Gross. ????

A study by the University of Arizona (my old stomping grounds of Tucson, Arizona) found the typical worker’s desk, which tends to be your smartphone’s home for about 40 hours a week, has hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than an office toilet seat.

Also gross. ????????

So in this day-to-day onslaught of hand-washing mandates, maybe give the old phone a scrub down with some Lysol wipes.

Who knows what’s living and breathing on that little texting machine.

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