This is how you should clean your smartphone


Last Updated on July 2, 2020

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If you analyzed your smartphone for germs, the results would make you feel disgusted. That is most likely the filthiest item you have by a large margin.

Thousands of microscopic critters, among which are potentially harmful bacteria and viruses, live on the surface of our cell phones. This is not surprising given that we are constantly with our hands all over them and putting them down on all types of public surfaces.

To make matters worse, the vast majority of people do not clean their smartphones very often. Much less disinfect them.

But they have to be cleaned. As with all electronic devices, the cleaning process must obey a few specific rules to avoid damage. The following guide will teach you how to clean and disinfect your cell phone. If you have the right cleaning products, this is a very simple and fast process that you can do every day – a true cleaning hack!


1. Products you should never use:

Regular household cleaning products (including hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray and wipes)
Spray cleaners with aerosols
Abrasive powders
Regular rubbing alcohol
Disclaimer: despite what many people say or do, rubbing alcohol can damage your phone screen. Modern phone screens have a protective coating that makes it resistant to oil from your fingers, water, and scratches.

Over time, this coating becomes naturally less effective. If you use harsh products on the glass to clean the screen, you will be wearing out the coating and making it almost useless. Below we will teach you how to clean your phone screen properly.

Products you will need:
Microfiber cloth
Distilled water
Isopropyl alcohol (ideally 70% or above)
Spray bottle
Cotton swabs

2. Step by step guide:

1. Prepare your smartphone

Grab your dirty phone, unplug any cable that might be attached – earbuds and charging cable (all accessories must be cleaned separately) – and remove your phone case or cover. Turn off the phone afterward.

2. Prepare the cleaning solution

Isopropyl alcohol is very different from regular cleaning alcohol. It is extremely popular in consumer and industrial cleaning of electronics due to its quick evaporation. Still, it is advised to dilute it before applying it for the cleaning process.


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