How to disinfect your Cellphone

Think about it. Your cellphone has been through just about everything with you. Every date, every night out, every class, everywhere! I also have this theory that every college girl’s cellphone winds up in the toilet at some point in their lives. It happened to me about a year ago.  I was very fortunate that my phone dried out, and I could keep using it, which just proves my point further. Your cellphone has been everywhere (including the toilet), and it is covered with germs!

Why You Should:

If the toilet scenario isn’t enough of an eye-opener, then let’s look at the facts.

One study featured on reported that “The irradiated warmth of a cellphone’s interior is a vile, germ-infested bath loaded with more pathogens than any surface in your home.” That means a cell phone has even more germs than your toilet seat. Do you see the problem with that?

According to more germ research, almost one in three people admits to not using soap or worse, not washing their hands after using the toilet (and those are just the people who admitted it…). Do you ever let some borrow your phone? All of their germs have just been passed on to you through you cell phone, which has at least doubled the amount of germs on it.

According to this article from Tom’s Guide US, 30 percent of the contaminants on your cell phone will make it onto your fingers. Think about how many times you touch your face during a day. How many times are those while you are using your cell phone?

Really makes you think, right? So go wash your hands and come back, and we’ll discuss how you should clean up your dirty phone.

How To:

Suggested Tools

  • Q-tips
  • 2 Soft cloth or towel
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • A tooth brush or small paintbrush


Step one: Turn off your phone and take out the battery.

Step two: Spray one of the towels with disinfectant spray or rubbing alcohol. Use this towel to wipe down the entire phone, except for your screen.

Step three: Clean the keyboard and crevices of the phone with a q-tip dipped in alcohol. Remember to get the ports of you cell phone, like where you plug it in to charge. These areas collect a lot of dust and germs. Use a paint brush dipped in rubbing alcohol if a cute tip is too large for this step.

Step four: Use the other towel (not dipped in alcohol!) to buff your screen or touch pad.

Step five: Let the phone sit and dry for a few minutes before putting your battery back in.

Other Tips:

  • Try to clean your cell phone every week if possible
  • Consider buying wipes which are specifically made to clean electronics if you make this a habit.
  • Now that you know what’s on your cell phone, try to wash your hands more often!

What Do You Think?

Do you ever clean your cell phone? What cell phone horror stories do you have? Leave a comment and let us know!

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