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Why Your Gadgets Are Ruining Your Skin

The average iPhone is dirtier than a toilet seat.

We know how you can’t part with your mobile phones, tablets, and other gadgets, CGs! But heed this warning: the average iPhone is dirtier than a toilet seat.

According to Medical Daily, scientists found that cell phones are covered in 10 times more disease-causing bacteria than most toilet seats. Whatever our hands touch get easily transferred to our gadgets—the dirt and grime from money, food, elevator buttons, doorknobs, another person’s hand, and other dirty everyday objects. “People are just as likely to get sick from their phones as from handles of the bathroom,” Dr. Jeffrey Cain, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said in an article for the Wall Street Journal.

When was the last time you cleaned your iPhone or iPad? An investigation done by Yahoo Tech revealed that gadget repair shops often find crud inside mobile phones. Some of the ickiest things they found lurking inside handheld gadgets include metal shavings, construction dust, tobacco leaves, and green slime!

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Aside from the dirt your phone gets from your hands and external pollutants, there is one more culprit—your mouth. When talking on the phone, it’s close in proximity to your mouth and nasal area, turning it into an easy transmitter of germs. To top it all off, the warmth your phone emits while being used makes it the perfect place for bacteria to breed and party!

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But not all bacteria are bad. In fact, we need some to keep our immune system active. It’s the overbreeding of bacteria and fecal matter found in our favorite gadgets that can easily cause a cold, skin irritation, allergies, and most of all—acne! Whenever you pick up the phone, your cheeks touch all the grime and dust accumulated by your gadget. And if it’s been so long since you last cleaned your phone, you can imagine what your face is rubbing up against.

Now what? 

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1. Clean your gadgets regularly. There are special-formula gadget cleaning kits available, but you can go DIY with a microfiber cloth and rubbing alcohol. Using a 40/60 ratio of alcohol-to-water mixture, add a few drops on a cotton ball or microfiber cloth. Use it to clean solid phone parts and keyboards. Be careful not to get any liquid inside the gadgets. Use a piece of scotch tape to remove the dirt and dust in between keys and other hard-to-clean parts.

2. Wipe your phone after someone borrows it. It’s good to keep a microfiber cloth for your phone inside your bag. Just make sure you wash and dry the cloth regularly.

3. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

4. Use headsets or earphones when making phone calls to avoid letting your face touch the phone.

5. Clean your gadget accessories, such as earphones and protective cases that also accumulate dirt.

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