Your cellphone is even more disgusting than you thought

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Your cellphone may be even dirtier than your toilet. Seriously.

Despite their sleek designs, cellphones are magnets for bacteria and germs. Mostly that’s because they go with us everywhere — to the kitchen, to the office and even to the bathroom.

According to a CBS News report, a 2011 study on 390 cellphones in the U.K. found “one in six contained traces of fecal matter.”

Another study, from an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, showed that “phone swabs averaged 10 to 12 kinds of bacteria and fungal species such as yeast, strep, and Propionibacterium acnes(which causes acne), versus three for the toilet.”

So how can you avoid the germs? Try do to the following as much as possible:

  1. Wash your hands (often)
  2. Don’t text or call while you’re doing your business in the bathroom
  3. Avoid putting your cellphone on the counter during meal prep, to avoid spreading Salmonella.
  4. Clean your device periodically with anti-bacterial wipes