Nowadays, with the majority of us owning a smartphone, the temptation to have it in our hands, or pockets, nearly all of the time can be overwhelming. Unfortunately this trend seems to be continuing on the loo as well!

Not only does taking your expensive smartphone to the toilet with you, present the problem of accidentally dropping it down the u-bend, it can also have a negative effect on your health.

If you are concerned about the transfer of germs and viruses (E.Coli, Salmonella and C.Difficile included), then using your phone in the bathroom is probably not such a good idea.

Let’s face it, wiping your bum is not something we generally talk about, but we all do it. After wiping you will pick up your phone and pop it down, or back into your pocket, before diligently washing your hands. The issue here is that the germs and bacteria on your hands have already been transferred to your phone prior to washing. Whoops.

Perhaps leaving your phone on the cistern, or on a dry side in the bathroom area would be a sensible thing to do? Well, it may surprise you to know that when a toilet is flushed, unless you put the lid down, the spray from flushing can travel up to 6 feet in every direction. Therefore producing a little faeces and urine shower to settle on all exposed surfaces including, the paper dispenser, the flush handle, the locks, the door, the cistern and YOUR PHONE.

Most homes and offices are cleaned well, and on a regular basis, which helps to avoid the spread of germs and bacteria. But unfortunately not everyone has the same attitude towards hygiene, so it’s worth being conscientious and maybe NOT using your smartphone, especially in public toilet facilities.