Especially during the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are becoming more conscious about their health. More and more are practicing proper hygiene by washing their hands more often, cleaning their houses, and disinfecting critical areas. These are all essential methods in order to protect ourselves and our families from the virus.
But no matter how much you clean your house, it won’t do you any good if you forget to address the little things. Take your mobile phone for instance. Having your phone screen repaired isn’t the only thing you should be doing. A study conducted that mobile phones were hosts to harmful viruses, germs, and bacteria. You have to clean and disinfect your mobile phone to prevent you from contracting diseases and sickness. Here’s how to sanitize your mobile phone.
Step 1: Remove your phone case and turn off your phone
Cleaning your phone from the surface, without removing your phone’s protective case, will not ensure that you get every area cleaned. So before anything else, remove your phone case so you can disinfect it too. Power off your phone so you can clean with ease.
Step 2: Wipe the exterior using a microfiber cloth
Grab a microfiber cloth and gently use it to wipe your phone’s exterior. This will help get rid of smudges and crud. The microfiber will effectively trap dirt and germs and absorb grease from your phone. Make sure to wipe every area, from the screen to the sides, corners, and back.
Step 3: Clean the exterior using a disinfecting wipe
Simply wiping your phone with a microfiber cloth will not get rid of germs and bacteria. It merely traps and absorbs them. That’s why you need to take the additional measure of wiping your phone with a disinfecting wipe. This will help kill the bacteria and neutralize the leftover germs. Be careful not to drench your phone and remember to avoid the ports to prevent damage.
Step 4: Let the disinfectant dry
Even if your phone is not that wet from disinfectant solution, you should still leave it out to air dry for at least 10 minutes. It takes time for the solution to effectively disinfect your phone, so give it that leeway for the best results.
Step 5: Wipe away moisture with a microfiber cloth
Take another microfiber cloth to wipe away the leftover moisture on your phone. Be careful not to use the same cloth you used in the beginning to avoid redepositing the germs back to your device. If you have no other microfiber cloth left, you can use a clean paper towel. Or wash your microfiber cloth with disinfectant before using it again.
Step 6: Clean your phone case
When you’ve finished disinfecting your phone, repeat the exact same process to your phone case. It’s dirtier than you think, considering that the case touches most of the germ-filled surfaces. You can use a different and more astringent cleanser for your case since it’s made with more durable plastic material.
Step 7: Do this as often as you can
It’s really surprising how contaminated your mobile phone is with germs and bacteria. Not only is it unsanitary, but it will also cause you to contract sicknesses. It’s recommended to sanitize your phone following this process daily for maximum effectiveness. If that’s not ideal, you can opt to do it at least twice a week.
Your phone can be a host to a lot of harmful bacteria and germs such as e. Coli, staphylococcus aureus, and streptococcus. These all play a significant role in affecting your overall health. Take these tips and disinfect your phone as often as you can.