The coronavirus has taught us great about disinfecting our home: from doorknobs to switches. In the summer, we loosened our grip a little, but the second wave is about to restore our vigilance. We will remind or teach you how to disinfect a mobile phone. You definitely need to do this. After all, your phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat.
Is the phone really that dirty?
Yes, you heard right: 10 times dirtierthan a toilet seat. Researchers called the smartphone is a Trojan horse for its hidden potential to spread bacteria, fungi and viruses. Although the presence of SARS-CoV-2 on the gadget has not been studied, the detected staphylococci, E. coli, acinetobacters and other microbes give a person no less concern. That only is multidrug-resistant staphylococcus (MRSA), which causes diseases that cannot be cured by antibiotics. But he also survives on the phone case.
How to launder a smartphone?
Disinfect the phone at least once a day. A problem can arise when choosing a disinfectant. Alcohol, vinegar, and chlorine can damage the screen protector. Abrasive substances will damage the entire enclosure.
CDC proposes use a removable cover that is easy to replace and can be treated with antiseptic wipes or 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Alcohol solution is the best choice for killing microorganisms. After all, the screen protector can be replaced.
Another option is to use electronic disinfectants or special UV disinfectants. For those who are not ready for such financial sacrifices, even ordinary soap and water will do. This, of course, is not disinfection, but you will get rid of some of the microbes.
Five steps to a clean phone
- Turn off your gadget and use a microfiber cloth or other lint-free cloth before cleaning.
- Prepare a disinfectant or soak a tissue in soapy water and wring it out. You cannot spray the solution directly on the gadget, you can and should – on a napkin.
- Wipe the phone on all sides with a damp, but not wet, antiseptic material. Do not wet the charging port!
- Dry your phone thoroughly with a dry, clean material, a soft paper towel, or leave it in the air for five minutes.
- Wash the tissue you used if it was not disposable.
How to get less dirty on your smartphone?
- Several ways to help make your phone less of a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.
- When out, keep your phone in your pocket or bag, do not place it on unfamiliar surfaces.
- Temporarily switch back from contactless payment to credit cards.
- In public places, touch the screen only after you have washed and disinfected your hands.
- Use hands-free headsets to avoid pressing your smartphone against your face and mask during a call.
- Don’t put your phone in the toilet.