While we are in the middle of the flu season, it is critical to take extra precautions when it comes to cleanliness. This is especially true with regard to your cell phone. Your mobile device is the one gadget you probably take with you everywhere. As a result, you might not even realize the amount of fecal bacteria that could be lurking right on your cell phone. This is because many people often take their phones with them into the bathroom. You also emit germs when you talk, sneeze, cough and more. This is why we’ve put together this handy list on how to sanitize your cell phone.
This is probably the most convenient and efficient method of cleaning your phone. You should probably have wipes handy at your home and place of work. Think of all the places that you carry your phone. You might even want to keep a few in your laptop case, tablet case and/or purse. Gently wipe your cell phone from top to bottom, front and back. If the alcohol wipe is overly saturated, squeeze out a few drops before using it. You don’t want any of the alcohol to seep into your cell phone.
A microfiber cloth is used to help remove dirt and any oil from your phone. You want to wipe your phone down with a microfiber cloth every few days. This is also the ideal method for cleaning a touch screen. Some devices already have this type of cloth included. Your sunglasses might come with a microfiber cloth. Nonetheless, you can still find them at any major supermarket and/or department store. You can also dip the cloth in a solution comprised of 50 percent water and 50 percent white vinegar. You might use the solution once every couple of weeks. In addition, you want to prevent dirt from leaking into your phone by using a phone dust plug
Cotton balls or Q-tips
If you don’t have access to a microfiber cloth or an alcohol wipe, that doesn’t mean you should forget about cleaning your phone. As a replacement, you can use cotton balls or Q-tips. Dampen the cotton ball or Q-tip in rubbing alcohol, so that it is moistened, but not dripping with the liquid. Gently clean your screen with the cotton ball or Q-tip. You can use single strokes from top to bottom. To get in between the keypads, if you have them, use a Q-tip through the gaps. Remember to be gentle, so that the liquid does not seep into your phone.
The inside of your ports
After months or years of use, the insides of your phone might get a little dusty, as well. In this case, you will have to open up your phone and use a try Q-tip to clean it. You also don’t want to use any solution on the inside of your gadget, as it could be detrimental to it functioning. After your ports have been cleaned, consider using dust plugs to protect and seal them from contaminants going forward.
There are also the USB and earphone ports to clean. If you use a dust plug, they should be fine. Yet, if you want to go the extra mile, gently blow into the ports to blow off any dust lodged inside of them. After that, make sure to use your dust plug.
Your phone case
Your phone case I just as prone to dirt is your cell phone. It is important to meticulously clean all corners and edges were dust often collects. You also want to let your phone dry before you place it back into its case.
When studies show that there are 10 times more bacteria on average on a mobile device than on a toilet seat, it makes sense to keep it clean. By following the above tips, you can rest assured that your skin is protected from an excess amount of germs.