So, with all the talk about covid-19, cleanliness, and precautions you should take, I feel the need to add my 2 cents into this discussion. How are you cleaning your mobile phone? ARE you cleaning your mobile phone? I can tell you from experience there are some dirty mobile phones out there. Think about how many times your phone comes in contact with your face, and I’m pretty sure you are not washing it with soap and water for 20 seconds or more (please do NOT EVER do this, water-resistant is NOT waterproof).

The best solution is a UV sanitizer box for mobile phones ($40+ Amazon).

UV Boxes are very easy to use, simply place the device inside, close the lid and push a button. 5-6 minutes later your device is sanitized and ready to go. UV boxes are for sanitizing only, they do not clean the device, they only sanitize it.

Disinfecting wipes are effective for killing germs. However, the chemicals are harsh and can corrode the oleophobic coating on the glass screen. The wipes are not designed for computer, tablet, or mobile device screens. If you do not have a UV sanitizer box, your best bet is using an antibacterial screen cleaner with a microfiber cloth. Commercial solutions are available at Amazon and many other online retailers. You can also make your own if you have these materials available:

  • A mini-spray bottle
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Bottled water
  • A microfiber or lint-free cloth (like those used to clean glasses)

Place a 60/40 mix of isopropyl alcohol / bottled water solution in your spray bottle, shake that up and give 1-2 sprays of it to your cleaning cloth. Do not spray the mix directly on your screen, and do not overspray your cleaning cloth; it should be slightly damp, not wet. If your device is in a case, remove it, wipe it down on both sides and let it sit for 20-30 sec. While you’re waiting you should take the opportunity to clean the inside and outside of your case as well.

This solution will help you keep your mobile phone clean. UV cleaning can be done at-will, liquid-based cleaning should be done no more than once a week.

Stay safe out there!