Study reveals shocking number of Brits who never clean their TV remote

Three in ten Brits have never disinfected their TV remote control, while the average family of four touches it more than 21,000 times a year. Almost two thirds of Brits who take their phone to the toilet don’t clean it and almost half of Brits admit to not knowing how sharing household items, from remote controls to games console controllers, can spread infections germs.

A new investigation has revealed how British families are spreading germs without even realizing it. The survey, carried out by Dettol, also revealed that just under a quarter of UK gamers have never disinfected their games console controllers. When it comes to mobile phones, 25% admit to taking them to the toilet, as well than at the table (47%) and at their bed/pillow (43%).

Almost half (49%) of Brits admit they never think about how germs spread between people sharing household items, with almost seven in 10 (69%) saying they would be more likely to disinfect the items from their home if they could physically see germs or germs. bacteria.

To highlight how easily family members can spread germs, Dettol has teamed up with Sarah Beeny, TV expert and mother of four teenagers, to launch a range of limited edition ‘GermWare’ items made from copper, which is naturally antibacterial.

The collection, including a TV remote control, games console controller and mobile phone case, is based on everyday objects commonly shared as part of normal family life.

Sarah Beeny said: “With a large family of teenagers at home, our TV remote control is a real exercise – and I really wasn’t aware of how easily germs can spread. It’s been fun trying out Dettol’s GermWare builds. Based on what’s going around my house on a regular basis, I would need everything in my house to be clad in copper! Obviously that can’t happen and I very much doubt we’ll give up watching TV.”

Although copper items are not available for purchase, two-thirds (66%) of people think it would be a good idea to create copper items to help stop the spread of germs in their home – and , in fact, 38% would. likely to buy them, even if they cost more.

David Shillcock, marketing director at Dettol, said: “It’s clear from the survey results that the people we love love spreading germs – perhaps more than we think. We created the ‘GermWare’ copper range to highlight some of the behaviors that can cause germs to spread. Of course, not everything can be made of copper, but with Dettol you can keep doing the things you love: spreading love, not germs.

A third of Brits (33%) say they will now think differently about how germs are spread and more than two-fifths (43%) say they are more likely to disinfect the items they share more often.

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