There are 10 times more germs on the average smart phone than there are on the average toilet seat.

DURBAN - Some people are less concerned with hygiene and germs than others. If you are one of those people that like wiping the handle of your shopping trolley, then you listen up. Your phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

A recent survey conducted by Deloitte showed that over 17 000 copies of different bacteria are present on the phones of the average student. This is 10 times more than the average toilet seat. 

We check our phones over 40 times aday and do not consider that bacteria and germs get transferred from our fingers to our phone on every touch. 

A good way to try and avoid harmful germs from getting onto your phone is avoiding using your phone when going to the bathroom. When toilets flush, for example, it spreads germs everywhere and if you were on your phone, those germs are now going out of the bathroom with you. 

According to professors of public health, using your phone in the bathroom and then leaving with it is like going to the toilet and then leaving without washing your hands.

Studies have found serious pathogens on cell phones, including Streptococcus, MRSA and even E.coli. When you are sick, you also use your phone and the germs and bacteria remain on your phone, and when you answer your phone, you hold your phone against your face.

Many of us like to catch up on our social media feeds during bathroom time and only wash our hands after the germs are then already on your phone. Then you get a call, and put your phone, on your face.

“I believe that cleaning my phone with a disinfectant, at least once daily, is a must,” said Zev Cherniak from Gammatek.

Gammatek has developed a product called Whoosh which has been proven to remove 99% of germs from your phone and will not
compromise any part of your device. The spray product is available in sizes and includes an antimicrobial microfiber cloth.

The Independent on Saturday