Clean your gamepad! Consoles can have 3x more bacteria than a toilet seat

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In the past year, we have been obsessively washing our hands, and one thing that was revealed earlier in 2020 was how filthy our phones are. We touch them all the time, take them everywhere, place them down on things and rarely clean them or take them out of their case.

Several reports stated that your phone could be 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat, the predominantly referred to bacteria rather than that pesky virus, but it included serious pathogens such as Streptococcus, MRSA, and E. coli. This led to a boom in UV phone sterilisers, though how effective these are is a bit debatable.

Betway online casino has been on a mission to find out what else is grubby around the house that we should be cleaning a bit more often.

One major culprit is the console, specifically your console controller. They tested 12 sets of randomly selected consoles and computers, as well as a kitchen table and toilet seat, and the findings are astounding.

All the devices tested showed considerably higher levels of bacteria than you would find on a toilet seat. This affects all devices, including PS5, Switch and PC. Basically, if you touch it a lot and don’t clean it, it is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Results – Playstation vs Xbox vs PC

For example, the Playstations that were analysed had 72.5 colony-forming bacteria units per swab taken. That’s 2.4-times more than you would find on a toilet seat.

For the Xbox, it showed a median of 62.5 colony-forming units per swab, more than double that found on a toilet seat.

Both the PC mouse and keyboard are worse than the console counterparts. The keyboard had a median of 165 per swab while the mouse went up to a disturbing 247.5 colony-forming units.

Some of the bacteria found on the controllers included Bacillus SPP and Staphylococcus. There was also plenty of mould samples, which are fungus, not bacteria but can irritate your lungs.

Types of bacteria found

It is worth noting that we are exposed to bacteria every single day, many are harmless, and being exposed to bacteria can help build up a tolerance to them. For example, the Staphylococcus bacteria consists of 40 species, with most of them being harmless, with it normally residing both on our skin and mucous membranes. However, staph infections are common, and a growing number of the strains are antibiotic-resistant, with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) being the infamous one.

How to clean your console controller?

To clean your controller, you can use a small amount of  Isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a microfiber cloth to wipe them down. You can also buy disinfectant wipes; various alcohol-free ones claim to kill  99.9 percent of bacteria, and I find the alcohol-based wipes are fine to use on plastics.

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In hindsight, these results were obvious, but I have to admit that I rarely clean things like my keyboard/mouse or controller anywhere near as often as I should. Considering I spend all day typing, I should maybe wipe my keyboard and mouse down daily!

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