Most people treat their phones like an extension of their bodies. They take their phones everywhere with them: from the subway to the bathroom. As a result, cell phones tend to be breeding ground for germs. These germs can cause illness or even cause your skin to breakout.
So what’s the best what to keep your phone sanitary without causing damage to the device? The Apple website suggestions you use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth to clean your iPhone. Try to avoid getting moisture in openings. According to Apple, you shouldn’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, solvents, aerosol sprays, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean your iPhone. This because the front and back glass surfaces of an iPhone have oleophobic coating. The ability of this coating to repel oil will diminish over time with normal usage, and rubbing the screen with an abrasive material will diminish its effect and may scratch the glass.
Your best bet is to use a disinfecting wipe that is specifically formulated for electronic devices. Amazon sells Wireless Wipes ($7) and Windex Electronic Wipes ($8). These are not as abrasive as other cleaning products and won’t damage your phone. You can also get a case and a screen protector. These tend to be easier to disinfect than the phone itself because you don’t need to worry about ruining the oleophobic screen.
These easiest way to keep your phone clean is to wash your hands more often. Washing your hands with water and soap on a regular basis will help keep your phone germ-free. This is also the best way to avoid illness. Also, never take your iPhone to the bathroom with you. Bathrooms are breeding grounds for bacteria like E. coli and salmonella. So resist the urge to scroll through Instagram while you’re going to the bathroom.
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