With all the talk of washing or sanitizing your hands, it’s easy to forget the devices our hands touch the most. We’re talking cell phones, tablets and laptops, which can often transmit germs and viruses as easily as a handshake or hug.
According to tech care company Asurion, Americans check their phones an average of 96 times a day (that’s at least once every 10 minutes) – and that’s how often we expose ourselves to potentially harmful germs.
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Many people cite a University of Arizona study that found that cell phones carry up to ten times more bacteria than a toilet seat, but a more recent study found on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website also warned that phones are “not only capable of transferring messages, but also disease-producing microbes.” What’s worse: most bacteria and viruses can live on inanimate surfaces — like your phone or laptop screen — for up to nine days.
The Asurion study found that 45% of Americans have used their phones in a public restroom, and nearly 60% of adults admit to putting their phones down on a table or counter at a restaurant or bar. When you think about how often we put our phones to our faces, or pass them around to friends (say, to read a text or take a photo), it’s even more imperative to be keeping our devices clean.
We already know to use hand sanitizer (Amazon still has a portable one available here and a larger pack available here) but a number of companies have introduced easy ways to disinfect your devices too. While we can’t exactly give our iPhones a bath, we can use specially-formulated cleaning solutions, or harness the power of UV light to zap germs and viruses for good. These hacks keep your phone screens clean, while keeping you away from harmful particles. A bonus: these make great gifts for germaphobes too.
We’ve rounded up the best ways to clean your phone. Keep these products on hand at home, in the office and in your bag, so you never have to worry about a dirty phone getting in the way of your day — or your health — again.
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