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How to Safely Clean Your Mobile Phone

In the current climate, it’s important that we all do the best we can to keep our workspaces tidy - whether that's the office or in your newfound home working space!

You’ll have seen a lot on the news about washing your hands (and singing ’happy birthday’ twice-over whilst doing it), but it’s important to keep the surfaces around you clean - and we all know how easy it is to find yourself absent-mindedly fiddling with your phone for the 5th time in a minute!

Every square inch of your phone has around 25,000 germs - that's more disgusting than a toilet seat, which contains around 1,200 germs per square inch (if sanitised regularly).

Source: Mashable

How to safely clean your phone

Obviously, we’re all going a bit mad about using anti-bacterial spray and bleach for our household surfaces, but a phone will not survive such chemicals. So what can you do to safely and effectively clean your phone and how often should you clean it? 

You will need:

  • Water
  • Mild hand soap
  • Microfibre cloth x2
  • Cotton bud x2

What to do:

  1. Turn off your phone and remove any external cables from your device.
  2. Mix a small amount of soap in a solution of cool water.
  3. Damp one of the cloths in the soap solution and wring it fully to ensure it is only barely damp. 
  4. Wipe the phone, remembering the screen, back and sides. Avoid any ports on your phone - even if it is water-resistant!
  5. Dry the phone with your second cloth.
  6. Use the cotton bud to wipe any ‘hard to reach’ areas.  You can dampen this with the soap solution but make sure it’s barely damp if using it in any ports.
  7. Dry any ports as necessary with a fresh cotton bud. 

You should repeat this process regularly, especially if other people are touching your phone. It is crucial to continue washing your hands regularly, not forgetting to do so for 20 seconds at a time.

Why not try washyourlyrics.com created by a UK teenager, which creates printable posters for any song lyrics of your choice, to ensure you wash your hands for the recommended duration? 

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