With the need to ensure good personal hygiene around us more pressing than ever, keeping your smartphone free from dust, germs and harmful bacteria is important.
Viruses can survive on surfaces for as long as three days, according to professors from the University of Los Angeles and Princeton. Washing your hands often can be beneficial for you but may eventually be counterproductive when you end up picking up your unclean smartphone to use again.
There are certain ways to reduce the risk of picking up something from your smartphone, with Apple saying that you can use disinfectant wipes with around 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol content to clean your smartphone without posing any danger to the wellbeing of the device.
The best way to go about this is to first off, remove your phone from its case (or pouch), then wipe the screen with a microfiber cleaning cloth (seen in knits and mats) which will pick up the dust and dirt from your smartphone rather than smearing the screen.
You can proceed to wipe down the phone’s large surfaces with anti-bacterial multi-purpose wipes like Lysol or you could apply a few drops of anti-bacterial spray on a kitchen paper and use this to wipe your phone down.
It is advised not to spray your device directly with the anti-bacterial spray and also look out for the alcohol content of the product you intend to use, ensuring that it is not above 70% isopropyl alcohol.
After wiping your device down, leave it to air-dry and clean the case in a similar manner. Do not forget to wash your hands thoroughly before picking up your now clean smartphone, and your smartphone is now healthier, better and ready for use again.