Updated: Jul 18, 2022
Just how filthy is your phone? Your screen can play host to viruses and bacteria including E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus. Viruses can linger on hard surfaces anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks. A regular sanitizing routine could reduce your risk of coming into contact with germs, especially during flu season.
How to Clean Your Phone
1. Remove your phone case and power down your device.
2. Polish with a microfiber cloth. Gently wipe the exterior of your phone with a clean microfiber cloth to get rid of smudges and crud.
3. Next, reach for a Lysol disinfecting wipe. Lysol products are marketed to shoppers as being safe for topical use on electronics.
4. Let your phone air dry for a minimum of 5 minutes. Like most disinfectants, Lysol spray is most effective if left to air dry on surfaces for at least 10 minutes.
5. Reach for a clean paper towel or microfiber cloth. Wipe away any leftover moisture. Ideally, you shouldn’t be using the same microfiber cloth as in step 2, but another one that you’ve recently washed.
6. Finally, clean your phone case. Repeat the same process with your phone case, but note that you can use more astringent cleaners, as most phone cases are made from durable hard plastic.
For additional cleaning tips: Disinfecting phones: A how-to for COVID-19 prevention