Years ago, researchers found that 92 percent of the phones tested had bacteria in them. It seems scary, but that is part of the life of being a human using a device that comes in contact with the most diverse surfaces and hands that are not always clean. That is also why figuring out how to properly clean a smartphone will help you avoid problems with these bacteria.
Mobile Cleaning: Creating the Habit
This is an obvious thing to do, but it’s worth repeating: you should clean your phone whenever you can. Pre-moistened anti-bacterial wipes and screen cleaners are great, but you can also buy screen cleaning kits or a microfiber cloth to keep things cheaper.
Alternatively, you can create your own clean screen solution from scratch. All you need is a small spray bottle to mix 250 ml of 70% alcohol and 250 ml of distilled water. Make sure it is distilled water. Tap water can leave a residue. A 50-50 blend of white vinegar and distilled water also works, if you want to keep things organic and not care about the odor.
Be a cell phone cleaner with cotton swabs and toothpicks
These tiny slits between the glass covering the screen and the rest of the chassis store a lot of goo. The most efficient thing to do on a Sunday afternoon is to pick them up with a simple wooden toothpick. It’s very unpleasant to see what’s being pulled out of the channels and holes in your smartphone, but that’s the only way to ensure the device stays relatively clean.
Try it yourself, and when done, rinse the dots again with a dry cotton swab to wipe away the residual dust. For harder jobs, you can use a fresh cotton swab, dip it in the cleaning solution, and rotate it in the camera lens and other parts of the smartphone chassis. Be meticulous, but be kind too as you do not want to scratch anything by accident.
Consider investing in ultraviolet disinfection
If you are really worried about germs and bacteria , you can invest in a device that kills these annoying animals with UV light. Try searching online for UV cameras or the UV Sterilizer for multiple use, and you will have several options available. But honestly, killing germs with ultraviolet light is a bit of an exaggeration and will not always work to clean your devices of all germs and bacteria.
Do not forget to clean the headphones too.
If you have opted for the UV disinfection mentioned above, you can simply leave your headphones in for cleaning every few days. If not, you can wipe each plug with a soft cloth moistened with a little mild detergent and water for an efficient cleaning effect.
The headphones are a bit more complicated: you will want to use the same neutral detergent solution to clean them in full. If the headphones have silicone lids, you can remove them and clean them separately with a toothbrush. Anything more serious, and you will want to dip a cotton in alcohol and take a complete look. Then let the headphones dry completely before using them again.
How do you clean your cellphones? And the accessories?