You Should Be Cleaning Your Phone At Least Once A Day

June 15, 2018

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Nothing does with us quite as much as our mobile phones.  From the night stand to the car and even to the bathroom, it is no surprise that many refer to our phones as a mobile petri dish.  Illness-causing germs—including the types that cause food poisoning, common colds and other infections—can only make you sick if they enter your body and while we take precaution of washing our hands before eating, those freshly cleaned hands become dirty the second you touch your phone.  So how often should you be cleaning your phone? That depends on where you’ve been and how you handle your device. If you never use your phone while eating, you don’t have to be as diligent about cleaning your device. But if you tend to use your phone all the time—including during meals—a twice daily cleanse with a disinfectant wipe is a good idea. However at least once a day is highly recommended. Regularly cleanings may be especially beneficial if you use a rubber phone cover; bacteria tend to more easily cling to that material than to your phone’s metal, glass or hard plastic components. Also, the raised edges where your phone and protective case come together can trap bacteria more effectively than a phone’s smoother surfaces. Just make sure you don't damage your phone when cleaning. Apple and other manufacturers recommend turning off your phone before cleaning, and avoiding getting liquid into the device’s charging port or other openings. Also, don’t spray disinfectant directly onto the device. Instead, spritz it onto a clean cloth or paper towel, or use a pre-treated disinfectant wipe.


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