Maybe even twice daily! Think about all of the places you take your phone. Think about all of the things your phone comes into contact with throughout the day. You touch doorknobs and handrails and the keyboard and your pets and dirty dishes and the toilet handle…and then you touch your phone.
You might wash your hands after taking out the trash and picking up dirty laundry from the floor, but you probably don’t wash your phone.
All of those germs and bacteria and microbes are still sitting on your phone’s surface. Any time you pick up the phone to shoot a text of check Facebook, you’re leaving all of those gnarly things behind…to get on your hands and face the next time you use the device.
So, what can you do? You obviously can’t stick it in the dishwasher, and using a sanitizing wipe has chemicals in it that can corrode the protective coating that is on the glass screen.
Instead, grab a lint-free cloth. The kind that you would use to clean your glasses works perfectly, but you can use a microfiber towel or any other soft cloth.
The next step is to create a diluted alcohol solution that will kill germs without damaging the glass or phone cover.
Fill an empty spray bottle halfway with bottled water. Tap water may contain particulates that can damage the glass at a microscopic level.
Fill the bottle the rest of the way with 70% isopropyl alcohol – you can find this at the pharmacy or in the personal care section of any grocery store.
70% isopropyl alcohol is less abrasive on your phone and will cause less damage to the screen while still killing off any harmful bacteria that you may have picked up.
Spray the cloth with a few spritzes of the solution and wipe your phone clean. Using the solution should be done every few days to completely sanitize it, but wiping your phone down with a cloth should be done daily to help curb the amount of bacteria living on the surface.
To see if this method really worked, the folks at Buzzfeed swabbed their phones before and after the cleaning, rubbed the swabs on an agar plate in a petri dish and let it incubate for 5 days. This is what they found:
If that isn’t enough to convince you, I don’t know what will!