How often do you clean your electronic devices? Chances are…it’s not very often! Have you ever stopped to think about the germs, food, fingerprints and residue that are on your cell phone, tablet and TV remote? Well let’s break it down for you…
Let’s talk about your cell phone! It literally goes everywhere with you and it is the most highly touched object in your daily life. Studies show that the average person checks their phone every 12 minutes– around 80 times a day! So it should come as no surprise that your cell phone is one of the dirtiest items you come in contact with every day. A study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine reveals that one out of six phones is contaminated with fecal substances, and 94% of phones show evidence of bacteria contamination. Gross, isn’t it?
How about tablets? One British study compared the amount of Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria that can cause staph infections, found on a tablet and a toilet seat. Results showed there were on average 600 units of the bacteria on a tablet, and less than 20 on a toilet seat. That is alarming!
TV remotes are also a bacteria playground. A study from the Virginia School of Medicine uncovered that 30 percent of remotes examined had cold virus bacteria.
According to the CDC, 80% of infections are transmitted by our hands. From ATMs to door handles, we touch bacteria-infested areas throughout the day and then handle our electronic devices immediately after. When we do this, bacteria is transferred to the device. Once a virus contaminates a surface, there is a 48 hour window where the virus can be transferred to your fingertips.
So what can you do about it? Well for starters, wash your hands frequently to decrease the germs being spread to your phone, tablet, or remote. Next, clean your device following the manufacturer’s instructions. Most recommend removing all cases and wiping with a dry cloth to remove dirt and other build up. After wiping down your device, put it in the LiViliti Sanitizer Bag for a 3 minute disinfection. The Bag kills up to 99.9% of bacteria, germs and viruses in as little as 3 minutes using UVC LED technology. It’s easy to use, quick, and efficient!
Every time you pick up your device and then touch your eyes, mouth, or face, you are at risk of ingesting bacteria. Electronic devices are carriers of germs, and are too often forgotten during routine cleaning. Although cleaning your devices are very important…taking the extra 3 minute step and sanitizing them in The LiViliti Sanitizer Bag will ensure that your cell phone, tablet, TV remote, and other electronic devices are free of germs and safe to use again!