Your Phone Is Filthy—Here's How to Clean It

The device that you hold up to your mouth and make contact with almost nonstop is the very thing that contains more bacteria than a public bathroom: your phone.

Now that's a bad connection. The average portable phone is 18 times dirtier than the handle of a toilet (according to a study by Stanford), and tests have found everything from E. coli to the bacterium that causes strep throat carried by cell phones. Say what?

The bottom line here is that we should be sanitizing our mobile phones much more often than we most likely do. Especially when texting between bites of food. Ew. How can you disinfect without harming the device? We suggest moistening a cloth or cotton pad (gentle enough that it won’t scratch your screen) with a mix of mostly water and a dab of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, which kills germs as you wipe down the phone. The key part is wringing out the cloth or cotton pad so it’s damp but not dripping wet (which could cause water damage) before you take it to your device.

Bye-bye, bacteria.

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