Public transport, elevator buttons, doorknobs, railings, other frequently touched objects and surfaces: it's very hard to avoid germ-infected surfaces in our daily lives, which is why it's strictly advised to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
However, there is no way to guarantee that all public surfaces are regularly and effectively sanitized to disinfect, but there is one surface that frequently comes in contact with our hands and face, and we do have control over to stop the germ spread: our Phones. Yes – beyond our faces, a cell phone is the thing we touch all the time.
Studies show that our smartphones are covered in 25,000 bacteria per square inch, making it one of the dirtiest objects in our daily routine. In fact, the cell phone is the leading dirtiest object out of the Dirty or filthy objects list.
An inspection revealed the following serious pathogen-count found on different surfaces leading the cell phone.
Mobile phone: Over 25,000 bacteria per square inch
Doorknob: over 8,500 bacteria per square inch
Grocery Store Checkout screen: 4,500 bacteria per square inch
Pet food dish: 2,110 bacteria per square inch
Toilet seat: 1,201 bacteria per square inch
Kitchen counter: 1,736 bacteria per square inch
The statistics show that a cell phone harbors more than three times the number of germs that a dirty doorknob does. Research has varied on just how many germs live on an average cell phone, but a recent study shows more than 17,000 bacterial genes survive on the phones. The health officials are now putting more emphasis on ensuring that your tech gadgets must be as clean as possible to reduce the spread of germs.
Eishops tell you the best following ways to clean your phone while avoiding any unnecessary damage to the device. Always start cleaning by turning your phone off and ensure to leave it to get completely dry before turning it back on. It is also advised to you to clean your phone daily.
Apple and Google have also given guidelines on their support page to keep the smartphone germ free. Apple has suggested wiping the phone's display and back panel with a dry clean towel soaked in warm water. However, according to Google, there is no problem cleaning the phone with a mixture of low-alkaline soapy water.
Apple or Android smartphones – iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy 3, Galaxy Fold, and the Pixel 4 can be easily disinfected by using the following method.
All products, according to Apple, can be gently cleaned with 70% isopropyl alcohol cleaning wipes. The Eishops’ disinfecting wipes and other common disinfectants won't affect the screen quality and are safe to use on your phone. Wiping the hard, nonporous surfaces with alcoholic wipes, like the display screens, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces, effectively kills germs.
You can also try a mixture of mild soap and water applied to a microfiber cloth, avoiding soaking your phone in soapy water at any cost because this can seriously damage its internals. Use a lint-free cloth as it is less abrasive than tissues and towels and is less likely to damage the sensors and scratch the protective layer of your phone.
If you have got a real waterproof smartphone like Samsung Galaxy S9, S10 that can be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for half an hour and iPhone 11 that can withstand immersion in up to 2 meters for 30 minutes, then you can flush away all the germs by giving a light rinse.
Be careful while using the cleaners for your phone. Apple warns users to avoid strong commercial cleaning supplies and other domestic cleaning agents like bleach as they can damage the fingerprint-resistant coatings on its screens and possibly scratch the glass fronts, while Samsung has published the same warnings for its popular Galaxy models.
You don't need to go for a deep clean every day, but a quick wipe down of your smartphone with a microfiber cloth is most effective to sterilize it from the possible germs count. The experts recommend deep cleaning at least twice a week but try to wipe away the phone screen grime every other day.