Time to clean your phone screen: It’s dirtier than a public toilet seat

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Your phone is dirty. We’re talking really, really dirty.

So, how dirty is it?

“It’s unbelievable, but the facts are that your average cell phone or tablet or any hand-touched device is dirtier than a public toilet. And the average person puts their phone, their personal device up to their face 50 times a day,” said Whoosh! rep Kevin Gabriel.

Yeah, that’s pretty gross, but what does it actually mean? What do we have to be worried about?

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“Staphylococcus, Rhodotorula, Bacillus; a lot of common household germs that people transfer,” Gabriel said.

Well, that answers that question. But what’s your solution to our germy problem?

The solution

Says Gabriel: “We do a quick 30-second clean, disinfect and wipe with an antimicrobial cloth that we use, along with the Whoosh! formula. Just one quick cleaning, all you need to do is that a couple times a day. You can eliminate spreading viruses and some dirt.”

But what makes Whoosh! any better than my trusty $2 bottle of hand sanitizer, or any of the dozens of other screen-cleaning products out there?

“Because anybody who uses an alcohol-based product, it starts to take away the retina screens,” Gabriel said. “It leaves a film on screens; it starts to tear away at it. If you’ve ever used Windex or vinegar or anything like that, you start to see some degradation on your electronics.”

It’s worth noting that Apple recommends a clean, soft cloth as your go-to cleaning option. Microsoft says you can use eyeglass cleaner if needed.

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Or, you could go all-out and store your phone in a UV sterilization cradle.

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