How to keep your phone (and all the other things you touch) clean

In a previous post, we talked about keeping our hands clean. But what about all the things we touch with our hands, like our cell phones? What’s the best way to keep those items clean? And is that even necessary to help protect ourselves from coronavirus (COVID-19)?

According to the CDC, cell phones, keyboards, laptops, doorknobs and countertops are all “high-touch” surfaces and can carry the virus. Even though coronavirus is not airborne, it is transmitted through droplets and can remain on surfaces. 

The CDC recommends you use disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting these surfaces. Different surfaces and items call for different cleaning procedures. Clean these surfaces, especially your cell phone, at least once a day. 

For some good advice on keeping your phone sanitized, read: How to Clean Your Phone to Help Protect Against Coronavirus at The New York Times.

Generally, to disinfect cell phones (and phone cases) you should:

  • Use a cleaning wipe with 70% isopropyl alcohol or a Clorox wipe. 
  • If you keep credit or debit cards in your phone case or wallet, make sure to wipe each one of them too.
  • Let everything dry before reassembling.
  • Wash your hands immediately after disposing of gloves. Reusing gloves could retain virus particles which would defeat the purpose. 

Finally, as an extra precaution, wireless headphones can also be helpful, as they help keep your phone away from your face.


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