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Old 06-04-2019, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Can your cell phone make you sick? No, this is not an anti device thread. I'm not going to suggest cell phones cause cancer or brain rot. However, your cell phone is at least 7 times dirtier than your toilet seat. When was the last time you cleaned your phone? We clean our kitchens, cars, dishes, clothes, children, pets, desks, and everything else. But many of us never clean our cell phones, which are the dirtiest items we ever use. It's a good idea to clean them occasionally with a diluted solution of alcohol or plain water and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/...an/2950106002/
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Old 06-04-2019, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I swipe my tablet, phone and remote with an alcohol solution....as the article states, too many germs on hands...
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:19 AM
 
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Can your cell phone make you sick? No, this is not an anti device thread. I'm not going to suggest cell phones cause cancer or brain rot. However, your cell phone is at least 7 times dirtier than your toilet seat. When was the last time you cleaned your phone? We clean our kitchens, cars, dishes, clothes, children, pets, desks, and everything else. But many of us never clean our cell phones, which are the dirtiest items we ever use. It's a good idea to clean them occasionally with a diluted solution of alcohol or plain water and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/...an/2950106002/
To each their own I guess.

I personally think we humans are a very hardy species. I'm not convinced by a long shot that I will pick up some horrific disease from my way dirtier than a toilet seat phone. I'll go so far as to say the toilet seat comparison is there to sensationalize this article. Who wants to put a toilet seat to their ear right? So better disinfect your phone right now.

Feel the same way about grabbing a disinfecting wipe as I enter the grocery store to wipe down the handle to my shopping cart. I don't do that either. Or believe it does any good.There is such a thing as overkill of bacteria etc. Causes more resistant and virulent strains to rise up.

I'm not saying live like a pig. However the whole "germ phobia" thing is taken too far by a lot of people already.

So until folks start dropping like flies from diseases verified to be caught from their phone, or shopping cart handles, count me out on the disinfectant wipes.
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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...just imagine!...and I'm yet to die from it.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I swipe my tablet, phone and remote with an alcohol solution....as the article states, too many germs on hands...
I agree. I'm hardly a germaphobe, but cleaning my phone with a bit of alcohol on occasion is certainly not going to hurt me. Plus it wipes off the fingerprints.
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Well if I used one I certainly would NOT put my hands near my face/mouth and I am aware of not doing that anyway.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:01 PM
 
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Feel the same way about grabbing a disinfecting wipe as I enter the grocery store to wipe down the handle to my shopping cart. I don't do that either
I don't either, but I've seen enough people sneeze in their hands and then put those nasty hands right back on the grocery cart handle to make me wonder why I don't wipe a cart down before I use it. Not to mention, people pick their noses, pick at scabs, and do ahem other things too, then grab a grocery cart without washing their hands first.

I'm sure cell phones have every possible body fluid on them, and grocery carts too.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:30 PM
 
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While I'm not a germaphobe, I do use the wipes provided for shopping cart handles and clean my cell phone occasionally. It can't hurt to do so IMO.
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Old 06-04-2019, 05:51 PM
 
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YOUR phone.
NOT mine.
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Old 06-04-2019, 06:24 PM
 
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I don't either, but I've seen enough people sneeze in their hands and then put those nasty hands right back on the grocery cart handle to make me wonder why I don't wipe a cart down before I use it. Not to mention, people pick their noses, pick at scabs, and do ahem other things too, then grab a grocery cart without washing their hands first.

I'm sure cell phones have every possible body fluid on them, and grocery carts too.
Guess I've touched a lot of handles like that then. For years.
Here I am. Alive and well. Just like always.
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