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Habits to Keep Your Mobile Device Clean

If you’re reading this on a cell phone, we’ve got some bad news. 

It turns out that mobile devices are totally filthy. Science has proven it: one study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine took samples from almost 400 phones and found that one in six of them were contaminated with (deep breath time) poop, while another found that every square inch of a cell phone contains around 25,000 germs.

Don’t freak out yet, because most of the germs found in these studies were totally harmless. However, it’s still a good idea to follow some basic hygiene steps to keep the nastier germs at bay.

Regularly clean your mobile device

If you never clean your phone, you’re posing risk for germs to stay and breed on your mobile device.  Certainly, wiping your mobile device on your shirt doesn’t count as cleaning it. The best way to clean your phone is to wipe it by using 75% isopropyl alcohol wipe at least once a week.  Using a proper device cleaning alcohol wipe could prevent scratches and cosmetic damage.

Don’t use your phone in the bathroom

Using your phone in the bathroom is yet another invitation for germs to get nasty on your device. There are the obvious risks, like touching your phone before washing your hands and accidentally dropping it down the toilet (which happens way more often than you think), but there are a ton of less obvious hygiene issues too. In short, bathrooms are nasty. Leave your phone in your pocket or bag and use the time to daydream about how you’re going to become a millionaire instead.

Wash your hands

Even the most careful of us can end up with some pretty nasty germs on our hands, so washing them regularly is important if you want to keep your mobile device clean. You don’t have to wash your hands every time you’re planning to pick up your mobile device, but you should wash them if you’ve handled raw food, been in a potentially germ-ridden public place and after you’ve been to the bathroom.

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