How to Clean My Phone Screen and Case to Prevent the Coronavirus

How to Clean Your Phone Screen

Remember that your highest risk of catching a virus like COVID-19 is from interacting with an infected person. Even by religiously practicing the habits outlined above, the virus can still sneak into your system. The virus has been studied and determined to survive up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel surfaces.

It is unclear if the COVID-19 can stay alive on your phone’s screen surface and infect you, but it is a good hygiene technique to clean your phone screen frequently. Many people forget to consider the number of germs your cell phone has—some say they are 18 times dirtier than a public toilet! If your phone is generating heat and tucked in your pocket or purse, it may be the breeding ground germs love to cling to. All of your efforts to keep your hands away from your face may be rendered useless if your dirty phone is pressed to your face.

There Are Several Ways to Clean Your Phone Screen:

1. Wipe down your phone using disinfectant wipes

Using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox wipe is sufficient for cleaning the screen of your phone. Try to avoid the USB, headphone, or charging ports. You may also use disinfectant wipes to clean your phone case.

2. Wipe down your phone screen using a disinfectant spray and a soft cloth

If you don’t have any disinfectant wipes at hand, you can use a non-abrasive disinfectant spray and lint-free cloth. Spray the solution directly on the cloth and then use the cloth to wipe down your phone screen. An alcohol-based disinfectant can be useful for an effective wipedown—an isopropyl alcohol solution of at least 55% is recommended for killing viruses, but preferably the content should be 70%+.

This may come without saying, but do not submerge your phone in any disinfectant, and do not spray your phone screen directly with any type of liquid cleaner. This can damage your screen and possibly any ports the liquid infiltrates. In addition, no form of bleach or chlorine should be used because they are too harsh for your screen.

3. Use PhoneSoap as a phone sanitizer

PhoneSoap uses UV-C light to disinfect your phone while also charging it. It is a large metal rechargeable case that you can put your phone into that contains two UV-C lightbulbs to sanitize and a USB port for charging. There is an indicator light on the top of the case that will turn off to let you know when the disinfection process is completed (roughly 10 minutes later).

The PhoneSoap model 3 has an inner dimension of 6.8 in x 3.74 in x 0.78 in and is large enough to fit larger phone models such as the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

UV-C lightbulbs have been scientifically proven to destroy harmful microorganisms and display germicidal properties. Because COVID-19 is a relatively new virus, it is unclear if PhoneSoap is effective against the Coronavirus specifically. However, PhoneSoap claims that the device can kill 99.99% of bacteria and viruses including Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella, and more.

PhoneSoap can be a great option because the reflective interior of PhoneSoap allows it to disinfect your entire phone instead of just your screen or whatever your wipe and/or cloth can reach. As a bonus, it doesn’t just function as a phone sanitizer—it can clean anything that fits inside of the case including keys, credit cards, earbuds, smartwatches, remotes, credit cards, glasses, jewelry, and more. There is even a PhoneSoap XL model with the capacity to sanitize tablets.

Phone Sanitizing Conclusion

By practicing these phone sanitizing techniques and strategies on how to clean phone screen, you will be able to rest assured knowing that you are taking a big step in keeping yourself and your community healthy and safe.

Regardless of which method you use to clean your phone, you must make phone sanitization part of your routine, just like washing your hands. As your phone can accumulate germs quickly from touching various surfaces and the inside of your pockets or purse throughout the day, we strongly recommend that you do sanitize your phone screen and case daily. For this daily phone sanitation procedure, we’ve found that nothing beats the convenience and thorough clean that the PhoneSoap can provide!

About the Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are commonly associated with upper respiratory tract illnesses. Although many types of coronaviruses already exist for humans, the COVID-19 is a new strain that has not been seen in humans until now.

Symptoms include a fever, dry coughing, difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath. However, even if you don’t experience these symptoms, you could still be carrying the virus—the incubation period for COVID-19 can last for over 14 days. Even though you may not be showing symptoms, you could still be a carrier of the disease and infect others.

Coronavirus is most commonly spread via respiratory droplets, such as when an infected person sneezes or coughs and emits tiny droplets that carry the virus. There are then typically two ways an individual is infected: these droplets either land on a surface where an uninfected person touches the surface and then his or her mouth, or the droplets enter the uninfected person directly through the eyes, nose, or mouth.

How to Avoid Contracting the Coronavirus

The general rules of avoiding sickness apply when taking preventative measures to protect yourself and your family from the Coronavirus.

 

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face at all costs.
  • Sanitize your phone, keyboard, and other oft-handled devices.
  • Stay home if you show symptoms!
  • If you are returning from a high-risk area, consider self-quarantining yourself until you're sure you're healthy.
  • Stay away from sick people.
  • Avoid populous areas if you can.
  • Skip get-togethers, parties, concerts, or other meetings that have more than 10 people.
  • Cancel nonessential travel and vacations.
  • Be especially careful if you are (or interact with) people who are 60 years or older and/or have underlying health issues such as diabetes, sickle cell anemia, chronic lung disease, asthma, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, etc.

If You Do Get Sick

  • Isolate yourself at home.
  • Get plenty of sleep, hydration, and manage your symptoms.
  • If symptoms are mild, use telehealth platforms and call your primary care physician.
  • If showing severe symptoms such as respiratory distress, call 911 and go to the emergency room.
  • If you show symptoms, you are eligible to be tested for COVID-19. If you are infected, you may be isolated to prevent further spreading of the disease. Once your fever has subsided and you are no longer showing symptoms, you will typically be tested for COVID-19 in 24-hour intervals until you produce two consecutive negatives.