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.