Your phone is dirty and you should clean it

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Did you know that your iPhone or Android phone is one of the dirtiest things you touch every day? You probably wash your hands after touching something dirty, but then you reach for your dirty phone. It’s time to do something about it.

How dirty is your phone? According to research from the University of Arizona, phones are ten times dirtier than most toilet seats. That’s pretty disgusting considering you’d never put your face on a toilet seat.

It makes sense if you stop and think about it. Your phone is exposed to everything you touch, but most people don’t wash their phone when they wash their hands. Not to mention using the bathroom phone. This builds up over time and gets dirtier and dirtier.

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Wash a phone.
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Okay, so your phone is dirty, now what? You may be wondering if you can Just wash it when you wash your hands. That depends on which phone you have.

Many modern smartphones are marketed as “waterproof”. Note that they don’t say “waterproof”. Nothing is really “waterproof”. There are different levels to how much water a device can handle before it breaks.

If your smartphone can handle water, it probably has an IP rating like “IP68” or “IP67”. The second number determines the water resistance. Eight means immersion beyond 1 meter, seven is immersion. up to 1 meter.”

Check the manufacturer’s website to see if your phone has an IP rating. If it has an IP67 or IP68 rating, you can certainly run some soapy water over it for a quick clean. It doesn’t need to be fully submerged.

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What about cleaning wipes?

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Wipes and cleaning solutions that contain alcohol are commonly used to clean surfaces. Of course, you can reach for these to clean your phone. Are they safe to use? Can the alcohol damage the device?

Apple and Samsung both recommend using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol cleaning solution to clean their devices. People’s concerns about alcohol-based cleaning products are ruining the display’s oleophobic coating.

Oleophobic coatings wear down with regular use, but obsessively cleaning the display with alcohol-based cleaners can speed up the process. However, this only applies if you use them compulsively. Wiping the display once a week or so won’t make much of a difference.

Apart from the display, the other parts of the phone should be fine. Again, you should make sure that the device has some level of water resistance. Alcohol can interact with certain plastics in ways that you may not like. It’s always a good idea to do a little test before wiping the entire device from top to bottom.

Clean with light

A UV phone cleaner.
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Another option requires no liquids or wipes at all. Certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light (the type of light from the sun) can kill and limit the growth of microorganisms. So, should you just leave your phone out in the sun for a while? Not exactly.

There is an entire market for UV light sanitizers. These products often look like mini tanning booths. The idea is that you put your phone in, turn on the UV light and let it bathe in the light for a few minutes to kill any germs.

The disadvantage of these products is that they are expensive. You can easily pay around $100 for a UV light purifier that fits in a smartphone. There are other options that are slightly cheaper. When your phone is in the cleaning process, it cannot be used, which can also be a little annoying.

In the long run, UV light probably isn’t as harsh on your phone as water and cleaning solutions. It’s about what’s more convenient for you.

Think clean

No matter which cleaning method you choose, the most important thing is that you actually choose one. Most people don’t even think about cleaning their smartphone. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android device, it needs to be cleaned regularly. Your hands pick up germs from things you touch, and you probably don’t touch many things as often as your phone.