Cell houses 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, 10 times dirtier

The cell phone is so present in our lives that we carry it everywhere without too much effort to clean it. But we should do it, says Mathieu Bergeron, professor of water sanitation. He notes that Estonian researchers have recently discovered that more than 17,000 bacteria, on average, are lodged on the screen of a cell phone. This is 10 times more than the amount of bacteria present in the bowl of your toilet.

To avoid contamination of your cell phone by bacteria, it is important to make simple daily actions, says Mathieu Bergeron:

  • First, wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, especially after going to the bathroom. Health Canada recommends washing hands with soap and water for 15 seconds;
  • Be less dependent on your phone and never take it to the bathroom. Your device could be contaminated with flushing spray;
  • Clean your phone. The best way is to use a cloth   with few drops of  rubbing alcohol. With this method, we can remove almost 95% of microorganisms.
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