We use our phone non-stop. Texting, calling, checking the news - our phones go everywhere with us. In a time of social distancing, it has become an essential tool of communication to help us maintain contact and our connection with friends and family. With the growing concern about keeping frequently touched items properly sanitized and with your phone coming in contact with your hands and face, you have to ensure you clean it regularly and thoroughly. Here’s a guide on how you can keep your phone sanitized. 

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid using abrasive cloths when cleaning your phone - especially the screen

  • Typical household cleaning agents such as bleach, ammonia or window cleaning chemicals will do more damage than good

  • To avoid internal damage to your phone, do not expose it to excessive moisture

  • Don’t clean your phone with the charger or earphones plugged in

What You’ll Need

  • Microfibre cloth 

  • Cleaning spray - 1 part water, 1 part 70% isopropyl alcohol

  • Cotton swabs

How to Clean Your Phone

  • Unplug your phone charger and earphones

  • Remove your phone case and screen protector if it is time for it to be replaced

  • If you’re making your own cleaning spray, mix 1 part distilled water and 1 part 70% alcohol in a spray bottle and shake thoroughly 

  • Spray the microfibre cloth to lightly dampen - do not directly spray the phone

  • Wipe down all areas of the phone - front and back

  • Clean small areas such as corners and camera lens   with a cotton swab and then wipe again with the dampened cloth 

  • Wipe the phone case, charger and earbuds with new microfibre cloths

  • Let the phone and case air dry then put the phone back into the case

Sanitize your phone at least once daily and immediately after it comes into contact with any dirty surfaces such as the floor. To further maintain the cleanliness ensure you frequently wash your hands.