Think about it: You probably touch your tablet, computer keyboard, and remote control more regularly than any other items in the house. And—brace yourself—did you know your smartphone harbors 18 times more germs than a toilet handle? Eek! Use these handy guidelines to clean your electronics safely.
How to Clean Your Cell Phone
Do a little research on your phone and double-check the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning. You could spring for a cleaning kit (like this $13 Tech Armor set) or stock up on special electronic wipes (Windex makes a nice one). But the cheapest and most effective move? Plain old alcohol wipes, says Jolie Kerr, author of My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. The little antiseptic clothes (such as these Curad wipes) come individually wrapped and easily sanitize your device.
Clean the screen and all the other surfaces on your phone with an alcohol wipe. Once you’ve de-germed, use a microfiber cloth to remove any streaks. Aim to clean your phone—and, while we’re at it, all the electronic devices your family uses regularly—about once a week.