Phones are magnets for germs and bacteria. If you’re like most people, you love your phone and take it everywhere. It’s with you at work, at school, in the car, and even in the bathroom. You spill food on it, drop it in the dirt, and let your kids play with it. Then, you put your phone up to your face when you get a call. Are you grossed out yet?
Here’s how to clean your phone to prevent spreading germs and getting sick.
Reduce Germs in the First Place
The bathroom is the worst place to take your phone if you’re hoping to reduce germs. It seems like a simple request, but three out of four Americans use their phones and do their business at the same time. Even if you wash your hands, germs still find a way to latch on. To keep your mobile device as clean as possible, make the bathroom a phone-free zone.
Another way to reduce germs is to use an antimicrobial phone case. There are several available on the market today that kill germs on contact or make the surface uninviting for bacteria to grow. You can find cases in numerous colors that fit several types of phones, so search around online and find one that suits you best.
Remove Smudges from the Screen
Hold your cell phone so the light hits it just right. See all those grimy smudges and oily fingerprints? Do away with them in a flash by rubbing the screen with a microfiber cloth. Your phone should have come with one, but you can find replacements at pharmacies and drug stores if needed. Avoid using paper towels to clean phone screens because they can leave debris behind or scratch the surface, especially if you don’t have a screen protector.
Disinfect Your Phone
Avoid using soap or glass cleaner on your phone. Instead, stick with disposable disinfectant wipes for a quick and easy solution. You can purchase these or make your own.
If you opt for the DIY approach, fill a small spray bottle with equal parts distilled water and 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. Then, dampen a microfiber cloth or lint-free rag with the solution. (Never spray liquid cleaner directly onto electronics.) Remove your phone case and rub the device all over with your homemade cleaner. Be careful not to let moisture get into any ports, speakers, or microphones.
Clean Your Phone Case
A clean phone is nice, but the case that surrounds it can be equally as germ-ridden. To clean the case, start by removing your phone. Then, dip the case in soapy water. Scrub grimy spots with a new, unused toothbrush. Make sure you clean both the inside and outside of the case. Rinse with clean water and buff the case dry with a soft cloth. Let the case air dry for an hour before putting it back on your phone.
Kill Germs with UV Light
Purchase a UV-light phone sterilizer to kill 99.9 percent of germs in just 10 minutes. You can use this device to clean other small personal items as well, such as your credit cards, keys, wallet, and watch. Germophobes rejoice!
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