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.
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.
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!
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