Would You Put Your Mouth Near a Toilet? How About Your Phone?
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Giving New Meaning to the Phrase Potty Mouth
In October 2011 research was released that 1 of 6 phones in the UK tested positive for E. coli, a bacteria that has its origins in fecal matter (that's poop if you didn't know). This bacteria has been know to have strains that are potentially deadly in certain circumstances. Now, the researchers as London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and their partners o\at Queen Mary, University of London Seem to think that this is because people don't wash their hands enough. Based off of my observations of bathroom behavior in both the US and the UK, I am inclined to agree. But I think they missed something as well. How often do you clean your phone?
What You Touch
How often are you on your phone? How often do you fiddle with your phone when your bored? When you are waiting? When you are in the bathroom? Ooops! Did I mention something people don't like to talk about? Well, if people have a hard time ignoring a text while driving, I am almost positive that when squatting on the pot people have time to reply to a friend. Or play a game while pinching off a big one. Good Lord! I have heard people carrying on conversations in the bathroom, as has my wife! Talk about the wrong time and place. So we are hyper connected. We have to deal with it.
Now the big question. As I said before, how often do you clean your phone? After I read the research mentioned above, I realized that I rarely if ever did so. My wife and friends I asked admitted the same. I remember reading where the condiment bottles in many restaurants are dirtier than most of their toilet because at least the toilets are cleaned daily. Just imagine the nasty stuff that gets to your phone. Unless you wash your hands before you grab your phone every time, this is a fact. So the solution. Clean your phone. Heck, clean all your mobile devices. Tablets, laptops, notebooks, netbooks, mp3 players, everything. Nothing too extreme. In fact, if you follow the instructions below you'll see that it is relatively cheap and easy to clean your devices and stay healthy.
Do the following weekly.
Like turning your phone off once a week to give it a break and rest it, I recommend you clean your devices once a week. Probably at the same time as doing the power cycle (the technical term for turning your device off and then on again).
What you need:
1) A bottle of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol which can be found at your local drug store (or chemists if you are in the UK) for less than a few dollars or pounds.
2) Toilet paper, paper towels or cotton balls (for application)
Turn the bottle of alcohol upside down over the applicator and dampen it. Then wipe your device with it. Don't soak it. Just wipe with it then wipe dry. If you have a device with a keyboard, don't forget that. Avoid getting alcohol in areas like headphone jacks, power ports and mics. If you are using that much then you may be using too much. Once you are done with this, dab the device dry with a clean cloth or on of the suggested applicator above.
If you don't have time you can just get alcohol wipes. These are nice if they are wrapped because you can keep them with you. Still, it really depends on whether you want the extra cost or don't want people think your nuts.
Seriously, the reason I write this is not to panic people. Be aware and clean your devices. Don't be a germaphobe, just be a realist. It would a good idea to clean those other things you never think about too, but please don't go the way of Howie Mandel or Howard Hughes. Life is dirty, but it is fun too! Just be cautious and thoughtful.
Here is to a healthy, happy and long life.
- E. coli found in fecal matter also found on many cell phones
- Fecal matter found on majority of cell phones - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock
A new study reveals one in every six cell phones in the United Kingdom is contaminated with fecal matter.
- Fecal matter found on 1 in 6 cellphones- MSN Money
- Howie Mandel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Howard Hughes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia