Game controllers

Threat Level 6

Those high intensity gaming sessions cause sweaty hands and emergency speed snacking. And let’s face it, how many of you boys are running to the bathroom to wash your hands in-between all this? Don’t answer that. But which console is the worst offender?

Xbox 360 Controllers are 12 x dirtier than PS3 controllers


Germ Count
1233 Recommended hygiene score is 100

How to clean

Use an antibacterial wipe or trusty soap and water on a damp cloth. Use a cotton bud to get into awkward spaces and a toothpick to remove grime from between the seams.

Tablets

Threat Level 7

The trend for tablets is on the up, but these high-tech touch screen gadgets have a dirty little secret. A favourite tool for sticky-fingered children, tablets can harbour potentially harmful bacteria.

Apple tablet
users are
5 x dirtier than
the recommended
hygiene level


Germ Count
534 Recommended hygiene score is 100

How to clean

Clean your tablet with a screen wipe or dry, lint-free cloth.

Headphones

Threat Level 4

Headphones and earphones are a huge culprit of unseen dirt. In addition to your ear wax, they are usually shoved into bags, or pockets and the delicate mesh screens get clogged up far too easily.

88% of headphone users do not clean their device

Germ Count
718 Recommended hygiene score is 100

How to clean

Like most electronics, a very small amount of soap and water is enough to get your earbuds sparkling again. A toothpick can be good for cleaning the mesh.

Telephone

Threat Level 5

These devices mostly pick up germs through the receiver or microphone, especially if you live in a big household where most of your family members love to chat on the house phone!

House telephones
are on average
2.8 x over the recommended
hygiene level


Germ Count
287 Recommended hygiene score is 100

How to clean

Dampen a cloth (ever so slightly) with washing up liquid and water and wipe the phone surface.

Car & house keys

Threat Level 2

Car keys are another item that gets carelessly thrown into bags or pockets. A key hook is probably the cleanest way to store them when they’re not taking their rightful place in your car ignition.

unisex icon 10x The average male is
10 times dirtier than
the average female

Germ Count
928 Recommended hygiene score is 100

How to clean

A simple antibacterial wipe can help to remove dirt and grime from your keys, but a bit of soap and water on a damp cloth will also do the job. You could also soak a key in lemon juice overnight, but be sure to make sure any electronic parts are kept dry.

Laptops

Threat Level 6

Laptops are constantly being used. They get banged around, slung over shoulders and used as a placemat for food and drink. Dirt falling in-between the keys can be the point of no return for many. We know a secret trick to clean between the keys!

Laptops of users aged 25-34 were 3 times dirtier than the recommended
hygiene level


Germ Count
337 Recommended hygiene score is 100

How to clean

Use a can of compressed air to blast dirt and crumbs from between the keys, and use screen wipes to clean everywhere else. Never use anything stronger than water on your computer, unless it's been designed for the job.

TV Remote

Threat Level 3

The TV remote is the device that seems to be permanently missing, going on its own private adventures behind the sofa cushions and spending lots of time grasped between people’s sweaty palms. The cleanliness of the remote really depends on how many people are in control of it.

Married people’s tv remotes are 50% dirtier than single people's


Germ Count
392 Recommended hygiene score is 100

How to clean

Use a cotton bud with rubbing alcohol to clean between the buttons (don't dampen too much). You can also use a toothpick to get any stray dirt out of the nooks and crannies.

Toys

Threat Level 2

Children's toys travel absolutely everywhere with them. Think of all the germs your child picks up throughout the day and how many of those end up lingering on their toys?

90% Of users do not clean their children's toys


Germ Count
235 Recommended hygiene score is 100

How to clean

The best way to wash toys is in the sink using soap and water. Never use powerful cleaning products or bleach!

Wallets

Threat Level 3

Coins and notes pass through thousands of hands during their lifetime. It’s highly likely that someone used the toilet without washing their hands, and then handled that pound coin sat in your wallet or purse. Don’t be fooled, the exterior can be pretty dirty too! It lives in your bag after all.

The average
male is
2 x dirtier than
the average
female


Germ Count
618 Recommended hygiene score is 100

How to clean

A dry cloth should be enough to give your wallet a reasonable clean, but you can also use a very small amount of rubbing alcohol (hand sanitiser) on a bit of cotton wool to give it a spruce up.

Mobile Phones

Threat Level 8

You will never be out of sight of someone using a mobile phone, especially when people are said to check their mobiles around 150 times a day. But is there a difference between Apple and Android users?

Tested Apple products are 50% dirtier than Android products


Germ Count
697 Tablet & Phones are very dirty

How to clean

Avoid using paper towels to clean smartphone screens, in case they scratch it. Use a dry, lint-free cloth to target greasy fingerprints instead.