Cyber Clean: Is Your Smartphone Causing Your Spots?

It will come as no surprise that the number of smartphone owners in the UK has increased unimaginably in the last few years. As a blogger and social media consultant I’m permanently attached to my iPhone and iPad, relying on them not only to keep conversations flowing, but to get me from A to B as quickly as possible. (What did we do before Google Maps, Tube route planners and the National Express timetable on our phones?) However, did you know that your smartphone and tablet could be harbouring millions of bacteria at this very moment? A ‘Which?’ report found that in 11 out of 60 devices tested, the total
bacteria count was more than 30,000 bacteria units per swab – much
higher than that of a typical toilet handle or seat. It’s therefore no suprise that these gadgets and gizmos that make out lives easier could actually be causing us problems in other areas: especially our faces.

We touch our face hundreds of times a day. Itching, rubbing, applying makeup and even subconscious comforting or stroking motions can all have a negative impact on the health of our skin; our fingertips can transfer bacteria more easily than you may realise. If you’re a big talker, having your smartphone attached to the side of your face for hours on end further speeds up the transference of nasties – especially when paralleled with the heat from the battery, which can only encourage bacteria to grow. When you pair this with the knowledge that our phone may be carrying more bacteria than that public toilet seat you refuse to sit on, it’s time to take action.

New brand Cyber Clean is launching a range of products in the UK, providing no-fuss cleaning at your fingertips to help eradicate the harmful germs that could be causing those irritating spots. The super simple products contain an antiseptic solution to kill bacteria in its tracks, leaving screens looking and feeling super clean. The ‘Cleaning Compound’ may look like playground gunge from the 1990’s, but it does in fact work to lift and counteract germs and dirt – especially from keyboards and grooves. It’s great at lifting up all those irritating bits of dust, food and dirt that get trapped over time; all you have to do is lightly press or roll the compound over your smartphone, tablet or laptop and all the gunk is removed.

For more precise and super clean result, the Touch Screen Cleaner provides portable care that is actually quite fun to use too… Just spray the screen cleaner onto your device from the end of the unit, wipe using the absorbing fibre pad on the top and enjoy a finger-print free smartphone. It’s small enough to pop in your bag for use on the go, plus even comes with three refill packs of anticeptic to ensure it lasts for as long as you need it to. Although these products aren’t the magic answer, if you suffer from breakouts and traditional options aren’t working for you, then it’s definitely worth looking at your smartphone. You can also pick up hand hygiene gels for less than a pound, which are great at killing the bacteria on your hands too – a great place to start.

Have you ever thought about your smartphone as a bacteria hotspot?

Cyber Clean is available online – prices start from £4.99. 



  1. Jenni Stoker
    May 7, 2014 / 11:24 am

    Worrying to see the amount of bacteria that's on your phone! I've always tried to not have to hold my phone to my face (being on loudspeaker at home or using headphones if I'm out) as I always thought it may be a problem, now I'm glad I do!

  2. Jodie
    May 7, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    I'm sure my phone is filthy- but I hate residue from cleaning wipes so I usually try to talk through my hair ha ha Seriously want to try that gunge

  3. Katy English
    May 7, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    I'm really interested in this. I'm so aware of how much bacteria is on my phone but feel that wipes aren't doing any good at all. This looks like a great way to get it clean! xxKaty | Little Miss Katy

  4. Aerie Berrie
    May 7, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    Ive also heard that the home button is dirtier than a toilet! eeek :(! xBerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  5. Emily Knott
    May 8, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    It is so true! Especially when your hands are dirty and you are then putting them all over your phone and then in turn onto the side of your face! Breakout alert! I always try and give my phone a clean at the end of the day and Im forever using hand gel!

  6. Sammie Earth
    May 11, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    I'd never really thought about this before but its so true. I can believe it has more bacteria than a toilet seat too, bleugh!Love From Sammie xx

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