A new study from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) reveals the alarming prevalence of dangerous bacteria on wristbands for devices like the Apple Watch. The study, conducted by researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), was published in the science journal Advances in Infectious Diseases.
The researchers tested wristbands made of different materials, including plastic, rubber, cloth, leather, and metal. They found that 95% of the wristbands tested carried some form of dangerous bacteria.
Staphylococcus, responsible for staph infections, was found on 85% of the wristbands, while approximately 60% tested positive for E. coli. Additionally, 30% of the bands contained Pseudomonas, an antibiotic-resistant bacterium associated with sepsis and pneumonia.
The study also found that cloth bands had the highest concentrations of bacteria, followed by plastic and rubber. On the other hand, metal bands, particularly those made of gold and silver, carried the least bacterial load.
The primary reason behind the prevalence of bacteria on wristbands is the lack of cleaning and disinfection. Many smartwatch owners wear their devices daily, often during strenuous activities or at the gym. Consequently, the bands accumulate higher bacterial counts, especially among regular gym-goers.
How to Clean and Disinfect Smartwatch Wristbands
Smartwatch owners should regularly clean and disinfect their wristbands to prevent the spread of dangerous bacteria. The study found that Lysol disinfectant spray and 70% ethanol alcohol were influential in killing bacteria on wristbands. Apple cider vinegar, a popular eco-friendly cleaning choice, was less effective.
Here are some tips for cleaning and disinfecting smartwatch wristbands:
Remove the wristband from the smartwatch.
Wash the wristband with soap and water.
Rinse the wristband with clean water.
Apply a disinfectant spray to the wristband.
Let the wristband air dry completely.