What’s Dirtier: Cell Phone Or Public Toilet Seat?
I'll never forget the little sign over a public toilet at the Conoco gas station near my high school. It read: "Our aim is to keep this toilet clean...Your aim will help!" That memory would never have resurfaced if not for an article I was reading by the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Southern California. The question was asked, "What's dirtier: your cell phone or a public toilet seat?" I guessed incorrectly. They swabbed some personal cell phones and then swabbed a public toilet seat. The results have made a believer out of me!
The toilet seats had only 3 types of bacteria and fungus: P. Acnes, which causes acne, Staph and Strep. The cell phones had on average 12 bacteria and fungus including: Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, P Acnes, Corynebacterium, Yeast: candidi, E. Coli, Fecal bacteria and others! I was totally surprised that our cell phones are one of the most germ - ridden objects in your house. Since reading this, I've been disinfecting my cell phone on a regular basis. Does it make sense? Share your thoughts.