It’ close to your face, covered in germs, but you probably don’t clean it often. I am talking about your cellphone. Researchers have discovered bacteria including coliform and those that can cause Staph, Strep and other infections living on cell phones. We all use our phones. Besides talking, many of us text, surf the internet and enjoy our favorite apps right on our phones. And don’t forget about parents letting their kids play on the phone. That means any germs or bacteria living on our hands get transferred to our phones. We then pick up the phone to make or answer a call, and all of those bacteria are now right near our mouths, noses and eyes.
In fact, some tests have found that cellphones carry more bacteria than the bathroom door. Gross! The good news is that scientists don’t think you should fear your phone; just take precautions to keep it clean and kill any bacteria living on its surfaces. Cleaning your phone is simple and takes only minutes.
1. Remove your phone’s case or cover. Bacteria, dirt, crumbs and germs can live in the crevices and underneath your phone’s cover.
2. Wipe your phone and cover with alcohol or disinfectant wipes. Cell phone and electronics companies say you should avoid spraying anything directly on your phone to avoid damages. If you don’t have disinfectant wipes, spray your disinfectant on a non-linting cloth and use that to wipe your phone. Alternatively, you can buy electronics cleaning wipes, but they can get a bit pricey
3. Allow any damp spots to dry before returning your phone to its cover.