How will your phone look like? Is it in prime condition? Scratch free? Good enough to sell? What if you could take a closer look?
In fact, your phone may be in a lot worse condition than you expect.
Please can I borrow your iPoo?
More than 15% of phones have an extra layer, not advertised on the website or in stores – it’s dirt, too small to see with the naked eye but it’s there. Oftentimes, it gets to cell phones because people have:
- Not washing hands after using the toilet.
- Using their cell phone while on the toilet.
- Picking up dirt from other surfaces, such as those left by other people, and then touching their own phone.
That’s right, the dirt on your phone may not be your own.
Enough to make you reluctant to borrow a friend’s phone to call a taxi, right? Maybe you’d rather be the one lending someone else’s phone? In that case, remember that when you get them back, they’ll be adding their own germs to the mix.
Of course, there are more germs on your phone. In fact, if you look at a cell phone under a powerful microscope, you’ll find that it’s in even worse condition than the average toilet seat. Some cell phones are 10 times more hideous than a toilet seat, with bacteria that can make you sick.
Watch My Lips
When you think about germs on your phone, don’t just think about how they will get on your hands or transfer to other people. You hold the phone to your face, hold it to your mouth and press it to your cheek. Those germs eventually get transferred to your face, and down to your lips. In addition, you may transfer these germs to your mouth by completing a phone call and then touching your mouth, biting your nails or eating without washing your hands.
Should we be worried?
The human body has a strong immune system, designed to fight bacteria and provide protection against infection. If this immune system is not working, we regularly get very sick. It’s important not to get too obsessed with cleaning, as our immune systems can get weaker if there are no germs to fight, but you should certainly consider how things you use every day become breeding grounds for microscopic enemies.
Why are cell phones so full of germs?
To answer that question, think about the last time you wiped your phone with an antibacterial wipe. In fact, cell phones aren’t the only things that look terrible under the microscope. Because we’re less likely to try to clean electrical appliances, we’re also more likely to see copious amounts of microscopic germs on computer keyboards, cameras, TV remote controls, tablets, and cash machines, which are the worst offenders because they’re often outdoors and touched by hundreds of people every day.
How should we clean our mobile?
Buy some cleaning wipes, and remember to use them occasionally to clean your phone. Quick deletion will reduce the number of germs without harming your phone.
When was the last time you cleaned your phone? What do you use it for get rid of germs? Share your thoughts with us!