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How To Clean Your Phone of Germs

Cell phones are a breeding ground for germs

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Things like cell phones, TV remotes, iPads and computer keyboards are breeding grounds for germs, and it’s pretty easy to understand why.

We touch things, then we touch our phones, and then we touch our phones to our faces. Some people take their phones into the bathroom with them or even fall asleep with them tucked right under their pillows. It’s pretty gross if you think about it.

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In fact, a 2017 study published in the journal Germs found a host of viruses and bacteria living on teenagers’ cell phones, including E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus.

Now more than ever, it’s incredibly important to regularly wipe down our phones — and do it the right way.


To clean your phone, first take the cover or case off. Wipe it with a disinfectant wipe and set it aside. Then wipe your phone with a microfiber cloth, going all around the edges and every button. After the once-over with the microfiber cloth, gently go over the device with a disinfectant wipe to sanitize your phone. This is just one cleaning hack we picked up from the pros.