It’s no longer a hidden fact that your cell phone has more germs than a toilet seat. Now, more than ever, it’s important to be aware of just how often you’re keeping your cell phone and yourself sanitized and clean. iDropped has a few tips to share with you on how you can keep your cell phone sanitized during the pandemic and beyond!
Wash Your Hands
Believe it or not, keeping your own hands clean will aid in keeping your cell phone clean. So before beginning to sanitize your cell phone make sure you wash your hands thoroughly. Remember to use soap and water and scrub for 20 seconds straight.
Sanitizing Your Cell Phone
Studies in the past have reported things such as staph or e. Coli can flourish on your smartphone’s glass screen. Meanwhile, COVID-19 can live on smartphone surfaces anywhere from a few hours to over a week! Using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipe gently wipe the exterior of your smartphone. Try not to get in any openings to avoid moisture buildup. Once you’ve cleaned your phone, repeat the first step of cleaning your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Use Speakerphone When Possible
Try to limit your phone’s contact with your face. It’s been taught throughout the pandemic to limit any touching of your face, so keep your cell phone germs away from it as well. If possible, use your speakerphone function or video chat! It’s a great way to see other people when you’re social distancing as well!
UV Lights Not Necessary
You may see increasing ads for UV cleaning devices to disinfect your cell phone. While UV light has been mostly effective against other viruses, we don’t know if it will kill COVID-19 just yet. These fun gadgets are fairly pricey when cheap alcohol wipes or Clorox wipes will do the job just fine.
It’s important to note that in the past Apple had warned against alcohol-based disinfectants and wipes. While they still recommend using a slightly damp lint-free cloth to wipe your device clean, they have now changed their previous warning to avoid disinfectants. Apple had claimed these products may strip the oil-repellent coating on your phone, but are now saying those problematic wipes are in the clear.