Today I have some random questions for you, if I may. How many times in a day do you use your cell phone? How many times do you touch it? Do you use it while travelling to work or college? Do you use it during lunch time? Do you text your friends or your significant others from the bathroom? I know that sounds gross but admit it, we all do! That said, have you ever considered just how dirty your cell phone might be?
The truth is, our phones are extremely filthy; and it’s not difficult to see how or why. I mean we’re touching dirty things everyday; and we’re also touching our phones and transferring the bacteria to our devices. You may argue that you wash your hands 10 times a day, but how many times do you wash or clean your phone?
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Now, I’m not going to teach you about how to use a paper towel to open/shut the door of a public restroom, or how to manage flushing with your stiletto-heel. That’s completely a matter of personal hygiene and I’m assuming you were taught that in school or perhaps by your parents. So if you do try to avoid the bacteria in a restroom, this may surprise you… but your phone has 18 times more harmful bacteria than a public loo!
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How, you ask? For starters, we keep our phones on the desk, on the table, on our car’s dashboard, etc. But how clean are these surfaces? Plus, here, dust and grime settle themselves on our phones. Next, how many times have you answered a call while you were perspiring; then, wiped off the sweat from the surface of the phone on your shirt? We shake hands with others who may not be a very hygienic lot of people (I myself know of a few; and I am positive they don’t even use toilet paper – ew!). Then you also handle money which passes from people to people. So, a 10 rupee note could be passed on from the ball-scratching ticket vendor at the metro, to the dirty old lady who then gives it to a cab driver, who happens to be the same one you took to work this morning and the 10 rupee note is finally with you (carrying all the germs et al). You tuck in that 10 rupee note into your wallet, and pull out your phone to type a message… and yes, now those germs have found a new playground – your phone!
Besides new bacteria being introduced to the phone every second, you also need to know that your phone is a breeding ground for bacteria. We place our phones in warm places (bags, pockets, etc) which give the bacteria a favourable place to breed! Germs literally party on your phone. And it is these germs that ultimately make you and the people around you very sick. Since your phone is dirty, your hands will never be clean until you wash your phone with anti-bacterial spray. This goes on to mean that you eat with bacteria on your hands and send it down to your stomach. Boom! You’re ill. Oh and did I mention that a dirty phone is more likely to give you acne? Go on, touch it to your cheek now.
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So, what do you do to stay away from so much of transferred filth? You clean your phone, that’s what you do. And that’s not very difficult you see; simply enquire with your phone manufacturer if the surface is safe to clean with an antibacterial. Purchase a good quality antibacterial liquid and spray it on a soft muslin cloth or a micro fiber cloth (the one that comes with your spectacles). Then use this to wipe off your phone – screen, back, sides, inside the cover and every nook and cranny where you may find dust and germs. Simple!
Stay clean and healthy, and keep your phone clean too!