Now that I have got your attention! These days, most adults’ mobile phones go with them even more places than a baby takes her security blanket. (I’ll leave you to draw the other parallels between mobile phones and security blankets.) And though they may not look as dirty, all our mobile phones most certainly could use a thorough cleaning. If you didn’t know it by now, your mobile devices are totally gross! Mobile phones have nearly 25,000 germs per square inch, 18 times more bacteria than a public toilet flush handle, making it one of the dirtiest things that we use everyday. Yuck! (Keep that in mind the next time you touch your phone, which the average person checks about 1,500 times a day !) Tablet computers are nearly as disgusting since we tend to transfer germs back and forth from our devices anytime we use them.
Mobile phones are dirtier than many things we deem to clean regularly, including doorknobs and kitchen counters. Consider buying yourself a silicone phone case many are antimicrobial and many are also washable, so even if you can’t get an antimicrobial one for our design of phone at last you can get a case you can wash.
To clean your phone without damaging it in any way, let’s start with a few don’ts:
- Don’t spray any kind of cleaner directly on your phone
- Don’t use a paper towel (or other paper products) because its fibers could scratch the screen’s surface
- Don’t use any cleaner with ammonia in it
Cleaning and disinfecting your phone may be easily done simultaneously. Here are some options:
- Use a lint-free cloth and a solution of rubbing alcohol and water. Dampen part of your cloth lightly with the mixture and rub it gently over your phone, being especially careful to avoid getting any moisture inside ports, buttons and speaker holes. Remove the cover and clean this as well. Wipe everything dry with the non-damp part of your cloth. (Be aware that some phone manufacturers warn that alcohol could damage your screen’s protective coating over time.)
- Use a solution of white vinegar and water with a microfiber cloth in the same manner as described above or even better try a Norwex Optic Cloth. no cleaner needs to be used with this.
- A cotton swab can get into the tough-to-reach spots of your phone and case.
To help keep your phone more sanitary between cleanings:
- Be aware of what you’re touching, especially in public; germs will collect and multiply on your phone.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after being out and about, touching pets, etc.
- Don’t take your phone into the bathroom.
- Try to (discretely) clean your phone off if other people use it.