How to Clean Your Phone During COVID-19

April 28, 2020 9:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Your phone probably goes with you everywhere—and if you’re one of those people who takes it with them to the bathroom as well as the kitchen, the grocery store, the backyard and the bedroom, you’re toting around a lot of germs. While this might have been merely a little gross before, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to keep your phone clean.

COVID-19 is highly transmissible through airborne droplets as well as by touching surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. It can live on some surfaces for days at a time, so if you’ve set your phone on the grocery store shelf while hefting a mega-pack of toilet paper into your cart, it needs to be sanitized before you touch your face or hold the phone up to your ear.

Here’s how to sanitize your cell phone in Woodward, OK:

  • You don’t need to clean it every time you touch it: Given that we touch our cell phones up to 2,000 times per day, it would be impossible to clean your phone every time you use it (and may damage the phone, at that). Instead, make sure to clean and sanitize it after you’ve returned home from any errands or exercise—and wash your hands thoroughly to avoid passing the virus by contact with your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfecting wipes can do the trick: You should check with your phone manufacturer first, but for most smart devices, a simple disinfecting wipe can kill germs, bacteria and viruses that have transferred to the surface.
  • Other techniques work, too: If you don’t have any disinfecting wipes, thanks to the run on these and other supplies from panicked buyers, you can use a soft, lint-free cloth and rubbing alcohol to wipe down your phone and phone case. Dampen the cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe all exposed surfaces, then allow to dry before using again.
  • Avoid liquids and aerosols: Never spray liquids or aerosols on your phone to clean it—it can get into exposed areas like headphone jacks and damage the sensitive electronics. You should also avoid using disinfectants and rubbing alcohol on leather cases, as they may damage the material. Never use chlorine bleach.
  • Aim for cleaning once or twice per day: Unless you’re an essential worker and you set your phone down on outside surfaces, cleaning your phone once or twice per day is likely all you need to keep yourself safe and healthy. While the possibility of COVID-19 is certainly frightening, there’s no need to panic and over-clean your phone—you may risk damaging the touchscreen, and it may not offer any enhanced benefits.

For more tips on how to safely sanitize your phone in Woodward, OK, reach out to the team at Devine’s Electronics Authorized Radio Shack Dealer. We offer a complete array of cell phones, accessories, consumer electronics, computers and more. Not sure whether your phone can handle a disinfecting wipe or rubbing alcohol? We can point you in the right direction when you call today.

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