Our iPhones are a constant presence in our lives–one that comes into close, intimate contact with our skin and faces more times than we can count each day. Yet, how many of us can honestly say we take as much care to clean our phones as we do our makeup brushes? If you can’t remember the last time your iPhone home button came face-to-face with a lint-free cloth, it’s time to heed the advice of experts like Omaha dermatologist and contributor to RealSelf, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, who is here to remind us about all of the gross things that lurk on our iPhones.
“If you look at your iPhone right now, you’d probably see oily fingerprints (especially on the home button) and maybe even a thin film of makeup or sunscreen,” Schlessinger says. “But what you can’t see is actually more dangerous. Because your phone is probably the thing you touch the most throughout the day, it’s also likely the most bacteria-ridden thing you own. (If you constantly seem to struggle with acne along your cheekbone, your phone is probably the culprit.) You should be wiping your phone down with a disinfectant at least once a day. If someone else touches your phone screen, be sure to wipe it down after they give it back.”
Of course, the last thing you want to do is douse your iPhone with water or a chemical-laden cleaning product. Instead, Apple recommends turning off your phone and then using a soft, lint-free cloth such as a lens cloth to remove debris and oils from the home button. Consistency is key–get into the habit of wiping down your home button each day and your skin and health will thank you for it.
For more health and beauty tips, check out should you brush and floss after every meal? and 5 things you’re doing that will eventually break your nails.
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