Cell phones vs toilet seats – which is dirtier?

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Cell phones vs toilet seats – which is dirtier?

Cell phones have become an extension to our hands and go everywhere we go. If they aren’t tossed into a friend’s hands when showing them a cool video on the phone, they’re used to take selfies or to read a quick article while you’re on the loo. Without these gadgets we’d almost feel incomplete.

But it couldn’t possibly be true that even though cell phones are exposed to many germs during the day, there is a slight possibility that it could be dirtier than a toilet seat…could it?

News flash: it is!

Every time you touch your cell phone screen, bacteria is transferred from your fingers to your phone – and everyone should know that fingers are ridden with germs. According to a study conducted in the United Kingdom, cell phones contained thousands of germs and other kinds of bacteria. This is because germs multiply in warm places and the heat generated by cell phones makes it easier for them to breed. 

Here are a few items that are cleaner than your cell phone:

  • A dog’s eating bowel

  • A doorknob

  • A public toilet

  • The soles of shoes

  • Your handbag

It’s important to note that all bacteria are created equal. Some bacteria are known to fix nitrogen in the soil which allows plants to grow and others are helpful in boosting the immune system. But despite all the good germs, there is a plethora of disease-causing bacteria which produce toxins and these are the type that can make you ill.

A toilet seat has thousands of germs and bacteria that live under the seat and these germs could multiply, if not cleaned regularly with Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach.

Toilets are cleaned on a regular basis because many people associate a toilet, especially a public one, with germs. This causes cell phones, which have thousands of bacteria stuck to it, to be overlooked. Let’s face it, if someone wants to borrow your cell phone to make a phone call, chances of you asking them whether their hands are cleaned, are rather slim.

Here are a few viruses that can be transferred from a toilet seat and what they can do to your body:

  • Coli causes bloody diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal cramping.

  • Influenza which can live for up to three days on your phone, remote control and toilet seat.

  • Shigellosis causes severe diarrhoea and abdominal cramping. These symptoms are known to last for about a week.

The average toilet seat undeniably contains fewer germs than a typical cell phone despite often harbouring dangerous viruses that can be transferred to the body.

According to a study by the Wolf Street Journal, a cell phone contained 33 200 CFUs (which is a measure of viable bacterial or fungal cells) whilst a toilet seat only contained 3 200 CFUs. Proof that cell phones indeed are dirtier than toilet seats.

So the golden rule would be to disinfect your cell phones with vinegar and water, and your bathrooms with a good detergent. By doing so, you would have reduced the likelihood of any illness transmitted from your hands to your mouth.

Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly when using your cell phone or any toilet.


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