How to Sanitize and Disinfect your phone

It’s time to take precautions at every step of your day-to-day life. We are living in the alert for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we have to take every possible step to protect ourselves from any infection.

A mobile phone is being an integral part of our life and we cannot assume anything happening without it, here’s no denying it. Your mobile phone might be the dirtiest thing you touch throughout the day. And chances are, at some point today you might also be handling someone else’s phone to take a picture or share something on screen without even realizing where it has been. So, sanitize and disinfect your phone properly as many times as you feel it should be. 

We touch countless surfaces throughout the day. Few of us wash our hands after touching them. The germs and bacteria from our hands are easily transferred to a cell phone. The heat generated during the operation of a cell phone creates a suitable environment for the growth of the bacteria. While using your phone, you place your mouth and nose close to this breeding ground, increasing the chance of infection and illness.

For most of us, the first thing we think about when someone asks, “have you ever cleaned up your cell phone” is how to remove junk files and the hundreds of bad photos to gain some storage space. 

Let’s face it: your cellphone is covered in germs.

Here are some tips for you telling how you can sanitize and disinfect your mobile phone without damaging it.

Think sanitizing is as simple as a quick rub-down with an antibacterial wipe and reading this post is a waste of time?

What to Use To Clean Your Phone?

Pre-moistened sanitizing wipes. Easy and convenient. Store a small number of wipes sealed in a plastic bag in your car or at your desk for easy cleaning anywhere. Avoid products with scrubbing action, and choose clothes that contain appropriate disinfectants to eliminate flu and cold germs, and food germs such as salmonella. Note that not all marketed “cell phone cleaners” contain disinfectants, so be sure to review those ingredient lists!

50/50 rubbing alcohol and water: A DIY option. Spray it on an ultra-fine microfiber cloth, and then apply it to your phone. 

50/50 white vinegar and water: An organic DIY option. Spray it on an ultra-fine microfiber cloth before application. Be ready, it will smell like potato chips for a few minutes.

How to Sanitize Your Phone Without Damaging It:

Remove your phone from its case

When you’re cleaning your cell phone avoid excess moisture at all costs. While cleaning agents with a rubbing alcohol component are often quick to evaporate, moisture that seeps into buttons and input jacks can cause damage. Keep a clean microfiber cloth on hand to help absorb any moisture on the surface after you wipe the phone clean – unlike most surfaces that can air dry, it’s best to dry the phone by hand.

If you’re using a spray bottle, always use the spray to moisten a cloth first; never spray directly onto the device. For better results, wipe clean and thoroughly dry several times in a row to eliminate germs.

Cleaning Your Phone Screen:

Cleaning the screen of your phone requires a certain finesse so you don’t end up with scratches. Not all microfiber cloths are created equal – you might equate some products with dusting shelves in your home – but with a finer weave you can easily remove fingerprints as you disinfect the screen.

Avoid spraying the screen with an ammonia-based window cleaner, and also avoid cornstarch-based or baking soda-based DIY window cleaners, as they may be more abrasive. The vinegar or alcohol-based cleaners will be gentle enough to clean glass. 

If you use a pre-moistened disinfecting cloth, be sure to follow up with a gentle pass of the microfiber towel to remove streaks.

Don’t Forget to Clean the Case! 

The outside of the case takes quite a germ-beating, and the inside of the case is known to trap small pieces of dirt that can create micro-scratches any device. 

Mobile phone cases are made of a variety of materials these days, all of which more resilient to cleaning agents than your hardware itself. It might even be durable enough to withstand a trip through the dishwasher! In any case, if it can be submerged, wash it by hand regularly with soap and water and allow it to dry thoroughly before reattaching it to your phone. 

Don’t forget to wipe down your headphones, too

You can wipe each bud down with a soft cloth dampened with a bit of mild dish soap and water.

disinfect phone

Headphones are a bit trickier: you’ll want to use some dish soap solution to wipe them down in their entirety. If the headphones include silicon covers, you can remove those and clean them separately with a toothbrush. Anything more serious, and you’ll want to dip a cotton swap in rubbing alcohol and give it a thorough once-over. Then allow the headphones to dry completely before using them again.

Use Alcohol to disinfect your phone

You can simply use alcohol to disinfect your phone with these Nine simple steps;

  1. Unplug your phone and attachments.
  2. Remove the phone’s case off and set it aside.
  3. Combine equal parts rubbing alcohol and warm water in a bowl.
  4. Dampen a microfiber cloth in your cleaning solution.
  5. Wipe the phone’s surfaces from top to bottom with your cloth.
  6. Opt for cleaning wipes if you need to sanitize your phone on the go.
  7. Let your phone dry with a second microfiber cloth.
  8. Sanitize wood or plastic phone cases with your alcohol solution.
  9. Allow the phone to air dry

Tips to Keep Your Cell Phone Cleaner and Germ-Free 

  • Clean your cell phone immediately if it comes into contact with anything that might cause stains like make-up, ink, or sticky foods.
  • Wash your hands more often and consider skipping bathroom texting. The cleaner your hands, the cleaner your phone.
  • Use an antimicrobial cover. They are readily available to fit most phone brands.
  • Consider investing in a small ultraviolet light sanitizer. There are several on the market that will hold your phone, car keys, and other small items that you use every day. The ultraviolet light kills bacteria without using excessive heat or moisture that could damage electronics.

Consider investing in a UV sanitizer

You can nab a UV sanitizer to sanitize your devices with light!

If you’re a germaphobe, you can invest in a device that kills off germs with a UV light. But honestly, killing germs with UV light is sort of hit-and-miss and you still don’t get the crud off.


Never use the following items to clean a cell phone:

  • Window or household cleaners
  • Compressed air
  • Aerosol spray cleaners
  • Harsh Solvents (acetone, benzene, toulene)
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Abrasive powders
  • Hydrogen peroxide