Thursday, October 25, 2012

Best Way To Get Germs Off Your Cellphone

I admit to being a total germaphobe, and I like to share cleaning tips and horror stories.  One of the biggest germ magnets is the cellphone.  We share photos, twitters and texts and let our family and friends see them by passing the phone around.  Our phones will have all their bacteria.  We may place our phone on bathroom counters, restaurant tables and office desks, which have their own bacteria. Then we place the phone on our ears, nose and mouth, which is where the germs enter our body.  The germ possibilities are endless, and they have been documented.

Cellphones are hard to clean because we don't want to damage them.  HML Labs tested 4 cleaning methods: Isopropyl Alcohol, Windex, Nice'N'Easy Electronic Cleaning Wipes and Water.  The lab also found most phones had abnormally high levels of coliforms, a bacteria indicating fecal contamination (ugh! Please wash your hands after going to the bathroom!).  Isopropyl Alcohol performed best getting rid of 99.9% of the germs.  Windex came in second place at 90% effectiveness.  The electronic wipes only got rid of 80.7% and water did nothing. 

When cleaning your cellphone, you should check with the manufacturer to see if a type of cleaning product should not be used.  In the HML Lab testing, the cleaning methods did not appear to damage the phones.  A premoistened wipe is recommended.

Share your phones but not the germs by cleaning your cellphone at least once a day.

Stay healthy & well,

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