Sanitize Your Phone

Sanitize Your Phone

With flu season being in full swing we try to come up with creative ways to stay healthy and germ-free. Since we are using our smartphones more and more we should seriously think about what could be lurking beyond what our eyes can see. Our phones are a breeding ground for E. Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus. Basically, phones are dirtier than a toilet seat. Nice thought, right? Now that you are aware of what types of bacteria could be creating communities on your phone, I bet you will think twice before putting your phone up to your face or passing it your little one in the backseat. I have found a few helpful tips to keep our phones from causing us to become seriously ill. I hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy

Phones do not belong in the bathroom

To start living life with a clean phone begin with never, ever taking the phone into the bathroom. Approximately 75% of Americans use their phones while using the restroom. Let’s face it. That may be the only private time many of us get. But…a bathroom is overrun with germs and bacteria so why would we introduce a phone into that environment. Regardless if hands are washed or not, germs are still present. We still turn the faucet handle and grab the door to exit. Germs transfer easily.

Use microfiber cloth

Microfiber cloths come with jewelry and glasses and can be purchased at any drugstore. These are great tools to remove oils that transfer from our face and hands. Fingerprints and smudges can also be annoying. Using the microfiber cloth will clear this residue in a safe manner without scratching the screen like a paper towel might.

Disinfect

Using the microfiber cloth alone will not disinfect the phone. Electronic device wipes may be purchased but some common household products can be a great substitute as well. Mixing isopropyl alcohol and distilled water paired with the microfiber cloth will disinfect the phone beautifully. Using small swabs to reach tight areas are helpful. WARNING: Most phone manufacturers recommend using nothing more than a microfiber cloth. Liquid + Electronic= Iffy Scenario Use at your own risk.

Your phone case

The case that was purchased to protect your phone may be creating a hide out for germs. A way to add an extra layer of bacterial defense is investing in an antimicrobial cover. This could help fend off pesky germs. These cases come in a wide variety of colors and styles so they are still fashionable.

Phonesoap

The Phonesoap 3.0 is approximately $60 on Amazon. This technology uses UV- C light to kill 99.9% of bacteria in about 10 minutes. The device charges the phone while engaged and will sanitize anything that fits inside including keys, pacifiers, and credit cards.

In summary, be proactive. Keep the germs away from your phone and sanitize it regularly. Maybe one of these tips will help you escape the flu this season!

I hope you enjoyed Cathy’s Tuesday Tip this week. To view more of Cathy’s Tuesday Tips, visit our blog.