Where Do You Keep Your Phone?

Where do you keep your phone when it’s not in your hands: your pocket, your purse, your backpack, your fanny pack? Regardless of where you keep it, those are all places where germs love to grow.

We take our phones everywhere and pick up germs along the way. We put them on the floors of restaurants and public restrooms. We set them on kitchen counters and the seats on the subway. Germs are on our phones, and the second we toss our phone into our bags and pockets for safekeeping, those germs get transferred. Germs love areas that are dark and warm—the perfect environment for bacteria to grow.

Saint Martin’s University in Washington conducted a cool study on the growth of E.coli and what temperature it grows at most. The study found that E.coli bacteria grows best at 37 Celsius, which is the temperature of the average human body.

But don't fret! Keep tossing your phone in your pockets and fanny-packs. Just be sure to toss them into your PhoneSoap at least once a day. E.coli is no match to UV-C light, which kills 99.99% of bacteria and viruses.*

 

Phones are a germ breeding ground

*Testing was conducted in a laboratory setting on actual phones, Apple watch, headphones, credit cards, and keys with a variety of pathogens, including Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Coronavirus 229E. Real-world results may vary depending on size, shape, and material of phone or phone case. For more information, click here.

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