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Your Cell Phone Is A Bacteria Farm

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Android, Smartphones

Prepare to be disturbed. Very disturbed. The photo below is of the kinds of bacteria that live on cell phones:

True that’s after it was allowed to grow in a Petri dish for a few days, but still. YUCK. 

A professor at The University Of Surrey asked students to make imprints of their mobile phones in a Petri dish to find out how much bacteria the phones carried around. Turns out they’re good for storing a lot more than phone numbers, music and photos.

There was a whole lot of bacteria. Most of it was harmless, but they did find Staphyloccoccus aureus – which can cause everything from staph infections to food poisoning.

You can clearly see the outline of the phone in bacteria-laden photos.

So what’s the best way to keep your phone clean?  Get a soft cleaning cloth designed for cleaning electronics and an antibacterial cleaner designed for cleaning surfaces. You can find ones especially formulated for electronics. Lightly spritz the cloth – NOT THE PHONE – and wipe off the back of the phone and the buttons. Be careful to avoid the camera lens. Do not, and I repeat do not, clean a touchscreen with the solution.

That should take care of some of the nasty critters.

~ Cynthia

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