A Bazillion Bacteria on Your Phone

A Bazillion Bacteria on Your Phone

Did you know there’s literally a bazillion bacteria on your phone?  According to leading scientists and those in the know your phone is a teeming petri dish crawling with bacteria over every square inch…

And what exactly might a bazillion be?  Depends on who you ask – to a germaphobe it’s going to be any number above zero, but according to Seattle Times journalist Bobby Caina Calvin it’s 25,127 bacteria per square inch to be exact.

Would you ever have thought that your cellphone would be rated as the most unhygienic item you’d come into contact on a daily basis?  Me neither, and we’re not alone in thinking this.  Most people believe that the more likely culprits would be the toilet seat or door handles.

We couldn’t have been more wrong!  Mashable.com compared the number of bacteria covering cellphones to those covering toilet seats, kitchen counters, pet food dishes, checkout counters and doorknobs.  Their findings are astounding:

  • Toilet Seat:                         1,201 bacteria per square inch
  • Kitchen Counter:              1,736 bacteria per square inch
  • Pet Food Dish:                   2,110 bacteria per square inch
  • Checkout Screen:             4,500 bacteria per square inch
  • Doorknob:                          8,643 bacteria per square inch

Coming in at a horrifying 25,127 bacteria per square inch, makes our cellphones without a doubt the dirtiest item we touch daily.  How is this possible you might ask?

Firstly, all the items tested stay put – unlike our phone.  Secondly, they get thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.  Our phones are mobile and as such they go everywhere – and by everywhere I mean EVERYWHERE.  Think of all the places you’ve been to in one day – whether at home or out and about.  Think of all the surfaces you’ve put your cellphone on in one day…

Starting to see how a bazillion bacteria get to hitch a ride on your phone?  This is especially concerning during a pandemic when we need to take into consideration that our phones may be transporting more than just our naturally occurring harmless bacteria. The potential for phones to spread viruses is particularly worrying when it comes to very contagious and potentially life threatening diseases like the flu.  Even beyond the flu, a cough, sneeze or inadvertent touch can spread the virus.  Dangerous pathogens such as MRSA or strep can spread like wildfire.

So What Can We Do?

Sanitize and wash our hands and sterilize our phones as often as humanly possible.  I’m ashamed to admit that it never occurred to me to sanitize my phone until recently.  For me it was a buff and a dab so I don’t shock the public and can at least make out who’s messaging me and about what.  There’s various methods and means of cleaning phones, mostly using harsh chemicals.  Whilst the back and sides of your phone might handle this don’t under any circumstances use them on your glass screen – they’ll eat away at the special coating that your phone uses to help repel finger smudges.

If you’re like me and you want an easier way to keep your phone sanitized then why not switch to copper?  I know, it sounds a bit far fetched but do your homework.  I Googled and watched Youtube video after video – working my way through every little piece of information I could find.  It turns out that copper has been used as an antimicrobial agent for decades!  It left me convinced that not only could this amazing metal give me protection from the bazillions of invaders on my phone but it could do it continuously – and rather stylishly at the same time!