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Here's How to Keep Your Gadgets Coronavirus-Free

Cleaning Corona
Cleaning Corona

Smartphones are always covered in bacteria. But did you know that your smartphone is seven times dirtier than your toilet seat? Yes, your cellphone is a germ factory. According to the 2011 study done by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, fecal matter can be found on one out of every six smartphones. Other studies have found serious pathogens on smartphones like Streptococcus, and even E. coli.

Think about this: Your cellphone is the one item that never leaves your side. You even carry it sometimes when you go into the bathroom. You use it in the kitchen, and everywhere else - especially when you are going out in public. It is a breeding ground for germs, bacteria, and even viruses! Of course, your devices are in need of a serious deep clean, pandemic, or not. But with the spread of the novel corona virus worldwide, we should be more concerned than ever with staying clean and germ-free. It is very important to clean your gadgets regularly.

If you are done cleaning and disinfecting your home, now it is time to disinfect your gadgets! But wait, cleaning dirty electronics is a completely different ballgame. How should you be cleaning your gadgets? Is wiping them enough? What kind of cloth should you use? Is putting a little amount of alcohol enough? How can you make your gadgets corona virus-free?

Here are the things that you need to take note of when cleaning your smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

Before we start, let me remind you first that cleaning and disinfecting are two different things. Not because you clean something, it is already safe. Cleaning just removes dirt, grease, food residues, and bacteria. Disinfecting, on the other hand, kills viruses and parasites. It is important to clean thoroughly before disinfecting.

  • The very first thing you should do before disinfecting your device is wash your hands. Keeping your phone clean won't matter if your hands are not clean. So remember to always practice good hygiene. Washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap will help in preventing the spread of the virus.
  • Make sure you unplug all cables and external devices before you start cleaning your gadgets. You may also remove batteries if applicable (for laptops).
  • Keep moisture from getting into the openings of your gadgets. Avoid water or any other solution from dripping into the USB port, microphone, or any other openings in your device. You do not want to mess up your precious device!
  • Using microfiber cloth is a good option to avoid accidentally scratching your gadgets while wiping them. Take distilled water and a microfiber cloth and wipe your device down. Use cotton swabs to clean around crevices like the edges of the screen and buttons. If your phone has its case on, remove it, and clean the case with some water and a microfiber cloth. Just make sure it’s thoroughly dry before you put it back on.
  • You can use disinfecting wipes to kill germs and viruses on the non-porous exteriors of your mobiles.  Lysol wipes are a good option for most of your devices (laptops, gaming controllers, remotes, etc.).
  • If you are using Apple devices, Apple still recommends using a slightly damp lint-free cloth to clean your devices. Apple also approves using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for wiping the exterior surfaces of your iPhone.

Warning: You should avoid harsh cleaners to protect your phone or tablet (particularly the screen). Avoid bleach, window cleaners, creme cleansers, or any other detergent-based agents, ethyl alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide for they could damage the oleo-phobic coating.

  • It is a good idea to invest in Phone Soap. It can kill 99.99% of the germs on your gadgets while charging it using UV-C light. You can fit a tablet, mobile phone, small laptops, and headphones depending on the size of the Phone Soap.
  • Wipe your smartphone every time you return home.
  • Be sure that all surfaces are dry before switching on the power on your device.

And there you go. Whether you want to protect yourself against COVID-19 or just want to give all your gadgets a deep-clean while you are stuck at home, now is the best time! Just follow the simple tips listed above!