Your watch could be ‘three times dirtier’ than a toilet seat

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Your watch could be 'three times dirtier' than a toilet seat



Basically what we’re saying is: clean your watch on a regular basis (Picture: Getty/Shutterstock)While most of us will regularly change our sheets, vacuum our floors and do the dishes, we often forget to clean items we use on a daily basis.
Makeup brushes, for instance, are often ignored despite the fact bacteria build-up can cause breakouts and other skin problems.
Another neglected item is the wristwatch.
Though it might not be visible, your timepiece could be a ticking time bomb of dirt.
Admittedly we’re being a bit dramatic, however recent findings by watch and sunglasses specialist, Tic Watches, suggests that your watch is ‘three times dirtier’ than the average toilet seat.
The company conducted a swab test of ten different types of watches, which looked for aerobic bacteria, yeast and mould, and each piece captured a ‘worrying’ amount of dirt.
One person’s Fitbit had the worst result – it was found to have eight times more bacteria than a toilet seat and flush handle. 
Overall, plastic and leather options also carried more dirt than metal ones.
What’s more, it was found that 24% of British people never clean their watch and 21% do so less than every six months. Split among the genders, women were somewhat worse at keeping their timepiece in shape (27%), compared to men (24%).
Feeling the need to rip off your watch and throw it in the bin? Don’t be hasty.
Firstly, a certain level of bacteria is normal and healthy – we’re surrounded by dirt, dust, fecal matter (yes, really) and general bacteria on a daily basis – just be careful not to let it build up.
And consider what your watch is in proximity of – sneezing, coughing, food splatter and more.
Basically what we’re saying is: clean your watch on a regular basis.
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Before you start scrubbing away, bear in mind that different watches require different cleaning methods, however it’s recommended that you give it a wipe with a dry, soft cloth every night and a thorough clean once a month.
For more expensive watches you will sometimes get a special cleaning cloth as part of your purchase, but you can also easily buy one online or in a watch shop.
‘Whether you wear a watch every day, or just during working hours, one thing is for certain, we don’t clean them as much as we wash our hands,’ said Daniel Richmond, managing director of Tic Watches.
‘Unfortunately, not all watches are waterproof, so avoiding any contact with water when we’re wearing them could be the main reason for a build-up of bacteria.
‘For those who wear a watch every day, we recommend giving it a good clean at least once a month.’
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The more you look after your timepiece, the longer it will last too.
And there’s the added extra of not walking around with a toilet seat around your wrist.
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