Smartphone screens have been found to harbour mould, yeast and bacteria and yet many owners never clean their phone.
Your mobile phone could carry 18 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
Smartphone screens have been found to harbour mould, yeast and bacteria in tests carried out by a firm who provide insurance cover for electronic gadgets.
While the price of a premium smartphone can cost up to £800, more than a third of owners admit to never cleaning them properly.
A survey of 1000 adults in the UK found that 35 per cent never used cleaning fluids or alcohol wipes on them.
Another five per cent admitted cleaning their handset less than every six months.
Insurance2go swabbed three handsets – the Iphone, Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel – to test for aerobic bacteria that are potentially harmful to humans.
They checked which areas of the phones were worst affected.
Researchers tested an office keyboard and mouse and also a toilet seat to compare results.
Phone screens were found to have up to 50 times more colony forming units than the keyboard and mouse, and more than 18 times the toilet seat.
The screens tested were found to be nearly four times as infectious as their backs.
Lock and home screen buttons also showed high levels of mould and yeast, and a higher infection rate than the toilet seat.
Daily Record, UK