Cell phone germs are something that we all live with. These invisible little pests make your cell phone one of the dirtiest objects in your possession. Imagine, throughout the day putting billions of germs right up against your face. But, can all of these little germs really make you sick? In this article, we’re breaking down the science to find out.

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What Are The Dirtiest Objects You Touch?

Think about all of the things that you touch throughout the day. Now multiply that by each individual you pass. Every object comes into contact with a number of people each and every day. It’s difficult to imagine that every surface can be cleaned after each person touches it. Despite best efforts of local store owners and yourself, below is a list of some of the dirtiest objects that you touch each day. The following information comes from StateFoodSafety:

  • Toilet seat: 1,201 bacteria per square inch
  • Kitchen counter: 1,736 bacteria per square inch
  • Pet food dish: 2,110 bacteria per square inch
  • Checkout screen: 4,500 bacteria per square inch
  • Doorknob: 8,643 bacteria per square inch

According to studies, your cell phone has three times as many bacteria as a public doorknob. If that’s not scary enough, let’s break down just what type of bacteria you’re in contact with.

What Kind Of Bacteria Lives On Your Phone?

Cell phone germs are dangerous. Some of the most dangerous things to your health are microscopic. Foodborne illnesses, communicable diseases and infectious diseases can all be transmitted through touch. Each and every time you reach for something and then touch your phone you are a vehicle for those microbes. According to USA Today, your cell phone germs can be illnesses like streptococcus, E. coli, and even MRSA.


Commonly known as strep throat, is not only transported through touch, but can enter the body through an opening or sore. Meaning, you can contract strep through abrasions or open sores. There have been cases where children with eczema on their feet have contracted streptococcus after someone had sneezed on the floor. Yet, your cell phone may be a breeding ground for this illness.

E. coli

This illness is often associated with contaminated food such as raw meat. While this is true, E. coli is also produced by the human body. It lives within the intestinal tract and exits the body when you use the bathroom. E. coli can be present on surfaces when someone goes to the bathroom but does not wash their hands. You could be touching those contaminated surfaces and then reaching for your phone, adding to your cell phone germs. These bacteria can make you seriously ill and has even ended with death.


This bacteria is a staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics known to treat other strains of staph. this constantly adapting infection can cause minor skin rashes to boils and raw skin. Because of its difficulty, this skin infection can cause major health issues. It can even lead to other illnesses.

Cleaning Your Phone

While you can’t protect yourself from the germs that are on every surface that you come in contact with, you can protect yourself from cell phone germs. Depending on your type of phone, your carrier will have specific methods for you to clean your phone without damaging it. Common solutions include using a disinfectant wipe specifically made for a glass surface or alcohol wipes designated for phone use. You are responsible for the health and safety of yourself from your equipment. Taking precautions to clean your phone can protect your health in the long run.

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