How to Clean Your Cell Phone

This is the best way to clean your cell phone to get rid of germs and help prevent illness.

Clean your cell phone

Your maybe-not-so-clean hands touch your phone, then you put it up to your face. Eww!

“Every time we culture a cell phone, it’s gross,” says Susan Whittier, PhD, associate professor of pathology and cell biology at New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center. “The risk is that you pick up something from your hands touching the phone or from someone else who handled or coughed on your phone.” 

How to clean it: Mix up a solution of 30 percent alcohol and 70 percent water in a spray bottle. Lightly spritz it on a microfiber cloth (not directly on the phone), then wipe down the front and back of your device. Bye-bye, germs.