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How to Clean and Disinfect Your Phone

Our smartphones are one of the devices we use the most in our everyday lives. However, did you know that your phone can contain 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat?

To keep yourself and your phone safe and in good health, knowing how to clean and disinfect it is important. So, in this post, we will teach you what you should and shouldn’t use to properly clean a phone.

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So, if you:

  • Haven’t cleaned your phone in a while;
  • Want to know how to safely disinfect it,

Then keep reading! This post is for you.

What to avoid

Your phone can be quite a delicate device. Knowing how to properly clean it and what to avoid can save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run. So, here is what not to use to clean your phone:

Harsh chemicals

Your smartphone probably has an oleophobic (oil-resistant) or hydrophobic (water-resistant) coating, which helps keep away fingerprints and the like. It, however, is sensitive to harsh chemicals. They can strip the protective coating, leaving your phone exposed.

To make sure you keep your phone’s protective coating intact, steer clear of these products:

  • Window and kitchen cleaners
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Makeup remover
  • Vinegar
  • Harsh disinfectant wipes
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Compressed air

Your phone has lots of delicate parts. The strong bursts of compressed air can damage its charger ports, microphones and other small components. So, avoid using it to clean your phone of dust and debris.

How to disinfect a phone

To be on the safe side when you clean your phone, it’s best to stick to a damp cloth and some dish soap. Here is how to safely disinfect your phone:

Time needed: 5 minutes.

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution.

    Mix water with a couple of squirts of dish soap.

  2. Pour.

    Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle.

  3. Dampen a cloth.

    Lightly spray a microfibre cloth with the soapy solution and wring out any excess moisture.

  4. Wipe.

    Gently wipe your phone, taking care not to soak it or get any liquid into the ports and crevices.

  5. Dry.

    Take a clean, dry microfibre cloth and wipe your phone dry.

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Apple have updated their product care guidelines. They now state that you can clean your phone with disinfectant wipes that contain no more than 70% alcohol, such as Lysol or Clorox wipes.

If you decide to disinfect your iPhone using these wipes, make sure to wring out any excess moisture first. Carefully wipe your phone, making sure you don’t get the liquid into the ports. Dry it with a clean, soft cloth afterwards.

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  • Avoid using harsh chemicals that can strip your phone of its protective coating.
  • To safely disinfect your phone, you can use a solution of water and dish soap.
  • Some phones can be cleaned with mild disinfectant wipes. Just make sure to not get any liquid into the ports and crevices.
  • Always dry your phone after cleaning.
  • The best way to keep your phone clean is prevention – wash your hands regularly and don’t bring your phone into the bathroom with you.


Did you find this post useful? How did you get on with cleaning your smartphone? Let us know in the comments!

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