Your phone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s how to clean it.

April 25, 2018

It’s true.

According to Live Science, “cellphones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.” Gross, huh?

Emily Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan, told, “Because people are always carrying their cell phones even in situations where they would normally wash their hands before doing anything, cell phones do tend to get pretty gross.”

Think about it: You probably carry your cell phone 24/7 – including bathroom breaks – and it never gets cleaned. Ad

Never fear. The germs on your phone aren’t going to make you deathly ill (unless you’re stealing phones from Ebola patients – yeah, that happened). However, it’s probably smart to sanitize your devices on a regular basis. Just in case.

So while you’re in between taking videos that you can turn into a DVD using, here is the best way to sanitize your phone:

How to clean your phone

  1. Unplug your phone from all external power sources.
  2. Wipe it off using a soft, non-abrasive cloth (microfiber works great).
  3. Use special cleansing wipes or a small amount of diluted alcohol to clean off your phone. (The New York Times gives a great tutorial).
  4. Finish off by using compressed air to get rid of any additional dust or grime.

A few warnings

  • Your phone is an electronical device, and electronics don’t like water. (That’s one of the fastest ways to ruin your phone.) Keep liquids far, far away.
  • Avoid using abrasive cloths. You don’t want to scratch up your screen.
  • Stay away from spray cleaners, including aerosols.

For more information about cleaning your particular device, read “How to clean your Apple products” or  “How to clean and disinfect your Android smartphone.”