Here is the most efficient and effective way to thoroughly clean your mobile phone.
- Firstly, you want to ensure your device is unplugged and turned off.
- Remove the external phone case if applicable.
- Use a soft, slightly damp microfiber cloth to wipe down your screen.
- You can create your own cleaning solution using ½ cup of distilled water and ½ cup of alcohol - place the solution in a spray bottle and shake before use.
- Spray the solution onto a dry towel or wipe.
- Using the wipe or towel gently wipe down your phone.
- Leave the phone to dry before placing it back in the phone case.
Apple’s website states that you can wipe iPhones with Clorox wipes or alternative alcohol wipes that contain 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Cleaning your phone case
If your phone case is made out of safe-to-wash materials like silicone or hard plastic, then you can give the case a thorough rinse in warm water and leave it to dry. For phone cases made out of more luxury materials, you will need to clean them using specific products for that material.
Don’t forget to clean your phone accessories too
You might forget about your earbuds, charger and phone holder that may get just as much use as your mobile every day. Make sure you include them in your cleaning routine - for these accessories, you can use a wipe or towel that has been sprayed with your cleaning solution. Leave them to completely dry before use and you’re good to go.
What not to do
- Whatever you do, do not rub your screen using alcohol as this can damage your phone screen.
- Make sure you keep any water away from the speakers or charging port in your mobile to prevent damage.
There are certain products that can actually harm our phones rather than cleaning them. Using harsh disinfectant chemicals or products like bleach and alcohol can help clean the sides or back of your mobile phone (if it isn’t glass). However, you want to keep these products away from the front screen of your phone as they can break down the oleophobic coating used on your phone as help prevent fingerprint smudges.