With an entire world embracing technology, we fear that excessive exposure to radiation could put us at risk. But the real danger is actually bacteria. In high school chemistry we were instructed to observe the growth and behavior of bacteria in a petri dish, staring by swabbing it into anything we’d like. I remember taking samples from my keyboard, thinking bacteria progression wouldn’t be significant. Little did I know that versus the typical sink, toilet seat, door knob and pair of shoes, mine would brim over within just 48 hours. That was awfully alarming. We may not even bother, but simple wiping off a keyboard could actually spare us disease.
It seems technology, like food and water, is a must for survival. One of the most illustrious advancements brought to humanity is though medical infrastructures and research capabilities. But our tech gadgets can carry threatening germs and bacteria. An interesting inforgraphic reveals some surprising numbers around “techie germs.”
How Dirty is Your Gadget?
Wii: your Wii Fit Balance in particular can attract bacteria pretty easily. And if you use this barefoot, there’s no end to how soiled our feet could get. While you’re getting fit, athletes foot and other fungal infections are cozying up in your toe jam.
Mobile Phones: more than 16% of mobile phones are found to have fecal matter on them. And if you belong to the group of mobile users who takes their phones inside the bathroom for entertainment, you’re even more likely to get poop on your phone.
Remote Controls: Television remote controls in hotels are said to be the filthiest of all. It’s a highly shared device with little concern of cleaning regularly.
How To Keep Tech Gadgets Clean?
The Dos & Don’ts: Use a Clorox wipe or rubbing alcohol with soft tissue to regularly wipe down your gadgets. A microfiber cleaning cloth or household sanitizing wipes work well too. Upping the ante you can find some tech-ready cleaning compounds and antimicrobial housing products similar to those found in medical facilities.
Also, make sure that when you sneeze in front of your laptop, you wipe it dry immediately. Cold and flu germs found in tiny sneeze droplets can live up to 2 days.
And when cleaning your gadgets, don’t wipe them down with used tissues, dirty socks, or even the sleeve of the shirt. Avoid using your breath or toilet water on your cleaning cloth as well.
Microbes, allergens and viruses have an uncanny ability to stick to our gadgets for long periods of time. Regular maintenance and using the right resources will keep you germ free.