Hidden Phone Bacteria

One thing that may not come as a surprise to you is that our phones are a prime location for germs and bacteria to thrive. We only have ourselves to blame... People on average check their mobile phone approximately once every 12 minutes and possibly 80 times per day. We can all admit that we probably take our phones to the toilet with us, you know, to pass the time... A study found that roughly 7,000 types of bacteriain were found on 51 smartphone samples. YIKES! It is important to note that many of these bacteria are actually naturally occurring and good-for-us bacteria. The study also found that 22% of bacterial families overlapped on fingers and phones. Below is a list of diseases and illness can spread through surfaces such as our phones...

E. coli

A study found that 16% of phones sampled were found to have E. coli present. This bacteria causes food poisoning, diarrhoea, and sometimes a more serious illness. Influenza

Yes, this virus can definitely find it's way to your phone device and can survive on surfaces for as long as 24 hours. So keep cleaning!


This one causes strep throat which is quite common in children. The bacteria can cause scarlet fever, impetigo, toxic shock syndrome, or necrotising fasciitis (a flesh-eating disease). One last fact for the day, is that it has been proven that your phone is dirtier than a TOILET SEAT. So keep cleaning it and stay healthy and germ free! Clostridium difficile

This one is responsible for diarrhoea. Say no more.