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In these times of self-isolation (sup, COVID-19!) my smartwatch is basically my closest companion. It wakes me up in the morning, keeps me company while WFH and, most importantly, holds me accountable while I’m schvitzing my butt off on my daily jog around the block. Still, I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve never thought about cleaning it.
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I know what you’re thinking: gross, right? Especially considering new research shows this tiny piece of tech houses more germs than a toilet seat... Yup.
In an effort to find out which devices we use on reg are the dirtiest, retailer CompareMyMobile took it upon themselves to swab a bunch of smartphones, keyboards, smartwatches and video game controllers. They were testing for three types of bacteria, in particular: coliforms (which, FYI, are found in human waste), infection-causing staphylococci and Enterobacteriaceae (a bacterial family that includes the likes of E.Coli and Salmonella).