The rapid spread of COVID-19 has led to an increase in personal hygiene and people washing their hands a lot more often than before. But what good is it if clean hands continue to come in contact with unclean surfaces like your mobile phone?

Fremont, CA: Mobile phones have become an indispensable part of daily lives, and it comes as no surprise that an average American spends at least five hours a day on the phone. Given the current scenario, phones have only increased in value, becoming valuable assets to kill time during the lockdown. Despite the immense importance of these devices, very few people understand the need to clean them regularly. A recent survey discovered over 17,000 different copies of bacterial genes on 27 mobile phones that belonged to a group of high school students. This is no surprise either, considering how many other places people visit each day and how many times they set their phones down at these places. In fact, mobile phones have been reported to carry more germs than a toilet seat, seven times more, to be precise.

Some of the common bacteria found on mobile phones include MRSA, E. coli, Strep, Mold, and C. diff. Each of these bacteria can remain on the surfaces for different periods. For instance, E. coli can survive for hours or even an entire day, while salmonella and campylobacter can survive for about four hours. Hepatitis A and C. diff bacteria can survive for months, and MRSA, or staph, can last for weeks. As for the highly trending coronavirus, doctors believe it can stay on surfaces for a few days. So for those who do not pay attention to cleaning their phones, now would be a good time to start.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has led to an increase in personal hygiene and people washing their hands a lot more often than before. But what good is it if clean hands continue to come in contact with unclean surfaces like your mobile phone? Regular cleansing of your smartphone is one of the smartest things to do to keep germs away. This will reduce the chances of spreading the bacteria further among friends, family, and coworkers.

As easy as it may sound, cleansing the phone is not just about spraying the phone down with disinfectants. In fact, that could cause irreparable damage. Disinfectants could damage a phone's screen, protective shell, ports, and coatings that are designed to protect the internal components. It is preferable to refer to the owner's manual for finding a safe way to cleanse your phone. A few things to avoid while cleansing phones include aerosol spray cleaners, ammonia, compressed air, harsh solvents like acetone and benzene, hydrogen peroxide, metal cleaners, scrubbing powders, undiluted bleach, and window cleaners or multipurpose cleaning sprays.

Before you start cleaning the phone, it is crucial to turn it off and remove the protective case. Use a non-abrasive cleaning cloth or wipe. Generally, these wipes tend to have 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. This solution can be made by mixing half a cup of distilled water with half a cup of isopropyl alcohol 70 percent. This can be filled up in a spray bottle and sprayed onto a cloth before cleansing. Make sure that the fabric is not soaking wet and is only sprayed on with the solution. After wiping the front and back, it is essential to let it rest and dry up before turning back on.

Cleaning the Case

A clean phone needs a clean home. Once the phone is clean, the same solution can be used to clean the case. Cotton swabs can be used to get dirt of tricky edges and camera holes. Before reinserting the phone, ensure that the case is completely dry. Silicone cases, unlike plastics, are highly durable and can withstand being submerged in water. For thorough cleaning, you can use a mixture of detergent and warm water. Once cleaned, give it enough time to dry up before using it again. Luxury cases, on the other hand, such as leather products, require more detail while cleaning. It is recommended to stick to the user manual for cleaning instructions.

Just like mobile phones and cases, it is also important to remember to clean your accessories. Headphones, chargers, and phone stands endure as much exposure as the phone. The same cleaning solution can be used to clean your accessories as well.