Nowadays, we are spending more time on our phones. Because of that, dirt may build-up, which may damage your phone or spread bacteria.

Below, we show you how to clean your smartphone.

Things You Need to Clean Your Phone

Before you can get started, you should make sure that you have everything you will need to use ready. Below are the things that you must have ready.

  • You will need half a cup of distilled water
  • Make sure you have a cup of isopropyl alcohol, which is about 70%
  • Ensure that you have some wooden toothpicks with you or dry cotton swabs

How to Clean Your Phone?

  • The first thing that you will need to do is make sure that you have unplugged the phone and any attachments. This is because things like chargers and earbuds must always be cleaned separately. The next thing that you will want to do is to make sure that you have turned off your phone and you have removed any phone cases or covers. When it comes to the phone covers and cases, you must also clean them separately as well.
  • Now, you will need to take your isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. It’s important that you mix only 70% of the isopropyl alcohol with the distilled water.
  • After mixing, put the mixture in a spray bottle. A small one is ideal.
  • It's also very essential that you refrain from using hard water as it contains microscopic minerals. These minerals may damage the glass on the phone by scratching it.
  • To start cleaning, shake the spray bottle and spray the contents onto the lint-free microfiber cloth. You should never spray the mixture directly onto your phone. Also, ensure you avoid over-wetting the microfiber.
  • Now, you can use the cloth to wipe down your phone, making sure to wipe both the front and the back.
  • Small areas may also have gunk build-up. For that reason, you need to clean them as well. These could be attachment ports, the areas surrounding the camera lens, or spaces around buttons.
  • To clean these areas, make sure you use a wooden toothpick or dry cotton swab. After you have managed to get the gunk off, use your damp microfiber cloth to wipe those areas.
  • When you are sure that all the dirt has been removed, you can then leave your phone to air dry. Make sure you leave it to dry for about 15 minutes. This ensures that it is completely dry before you can put back the casing.
  • If you can, we recommend that you repeat these steps once every week to ensure that it is germ-free and is always clean.

Top Tips to Keep Your Phone Germ-Free

In this section, we share with you the top tips to follow in order to make sure that your phone is free from germs.

  • So many things may cause strain to your phone. These include things like sticky foods, ink, make-up, dye, and other particles. If your phone comes into contact with any of these things, make sure you immediately clean it.
  • Always keep your hands clean to ensure hygiene. If you can, avoid using your phone in the bathroom.
  • Invest in an antimicrobial phone cover as these add an extra layer of protection. Luckily, you will be able to find them easily anywhere.
  • Make sure that you buy a small ultraviolet light sanitizer. These lights are responsible for killing any bacteria on your phone, cars keys, or any other small items that you use on a daily basis. The great thing is that the light does not use excessive heat or any moisture.

How to Clean Your Phone Accessories?

  • Your earbuds, and other accessories, will also need to be clean all the time. Therefore, we suggest that you clean them carefully as well.
  • Make sure you lightly wet your lint-free microfiber cloth with the water/isopropyl alcohol mixture mentioned above. You can then wipe your accessories with the cloth. Over-wetting the cloth may damage them.

Things to Avoid

  • When you clean your smartphone, make sure you avoid the following things in order to protect it from any damage:
  • Don't use excess moisture. Using a cloth that is overly wet may damage the interior electronics of the phone.
  • Never use any other abrasive chemicals or cloths than those listed above. Doing so will scratch the surface of the phone permanently. Also, the chemicals will reduce the effectiveness of the oleophobic coating of the phone's screen. Typically phone screens have this coating to repel any oils from your fingers or hands.
  • Never use any of the following to clean your phone:
  • Any aerosol spray cleaners
  • Compressed air
  • Any harsh solvents such as benzene, acetone, or toluene.
  • Stay away from hydrogen peroxide
  • Never use ammonia
  • Don't use any abrasive powders which include sandpaper, pumice, sand, or emery.
  • Bleach should never be used on phones

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