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.