You wash your hands multiple times each day, do your laundry, scrub your bathroom, and scour your kitchen – but there’s something you use more than just about any appliance, and you probably never clean it.
Your cell phone is constantly in your hands and touching your face, and it often holds more bacteria than the surfaces in your bathroom. Keeping your phone clean is an important step to keeping yourself healthy – here are some tips.
First, see what your phone is made of so you know how to safely clean it. This may seem nitpicky, but certain materials shouldn’t be cleaned in certain ways – for instance if it’s glass, you should’t use alcohol. If your phone is cracked, trying to clean the screen could cause even more damage – so until you can get it fixed, just gently wipe it with a clean cloth to remove excess oil. Take off any cases and turn the phone off – if you can, take out the battery too.
If your phone has a keypad, mix even parts water and rubbing alcohol and use a Q-tip to gently swab the keys and surrounding areas. You can also use this on a plastic cell phone case. If you were able to take out the battery, brush the empty area with a dry cotton ball or another Q-tip. It’s safe to use a slightly damp cotton swab on your camera lens, and you can even use a piece of tape to remove dust or debris that’s stuck in hard-to-reach places.
If you have a touch screen, you’ll need a special cleaning kit so you don’t damage the coating on your screen. These usually include pre-moistened cleaning wipes and/or a gel screen cleaner. If you have a lot of gadgets, you could invest in a UV cleaner.
When your phone is clean, keep it that way! You can use a microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints and smudges, and an antibacterial polish like PhoneSoap can prevent germs from growing on your screen.
Protect your touch screen from further griminess by using a screen protector- this not only makes your phone easier to clean, but it will protect it from scratches. One with an olephobic layer will repel oils and make cleaning even easier.