With the spread of the novel coronavirus, you are probably asking yourself, “How can I keep my gadgets germ-free?”
Disinfecting wipes are fine, for the most part
Studies have shown everything from staph to e. Coli can thrive on your devices. Experts say that depending upon the surface and various conditions, COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for anywhere from a few hours to over a week. Apple has recently reported on their website that, “Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don’t submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.”
Here’s how to clean your device
- Remove any case or bumper that you may have installed. You can keep your screen protection or skin on the phone.
- Wipe your phone down with a microfiber cloth to remove any dirt or grime.
- Use a disinfectant wipe, such as a Lysol or Clorox wipe, to clean your phone. Be sure to avoid any openings.
- Let your phone air dry for up to 5 minutes.
- Wipe down your phone with a microfiber cloth again to remove any excess liquid or streaking.
- Finally, clean your case or bumper. Repeat using the same process as in 1-5 above. Please note, that Apple maintains that you shouldn’t use bleach on accessories that contain fabric or leather surfaces.
Wash your hands – often
Remember to wash your hands regularly, don’t touch your face, and so on. Experts say that keeping your phone clean won’t matter much if you’re not practicing good hygiene in other ways! We’ve created a handwashing timer, too!