The devices we use on a daily basis, especially our phones, are one of the biggest carriers of bacteria, making it a breeding ground for some of the ickiest germs. Everything we touch goes on our phone. Then we put our phones up to our face and therein lies the spread of germs that cause so many sicknesses and viruses. If you can remember to wash your phone and the screen throughout the day, you can help eliminate so many of the germs your phone is exposed to. This simple DIY Phone Disinfectant can be made at home and kept in your purse to periodically clean all your devices, including your phone, tablet, laptop, and even your credit cards!
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With the recent concern surrounding COVID-19, I have made a conscious effort to remember to wash my hands more often, but washing my phone…not so much. Somewhere in the back of my head I always knew the dangers surrounding dirty cell phones and the amount of bacteria they carry, but I never really gave it a second thought until now.
To be honest, when I’m sick I usually take a sanitizer wipe to my phone and laptop, expecting it to magically be clean as a whistle. With those hard to come by these days, I’ve resorted to new cleaning efforts.
Isopropyl alcohol can be used to kill many of the microscopic germs that buildup on the devices we use on a daily basis. But STOP! Don’t go grabbing a bottle of rubbing alcohol and smearing it all over your phone screen, laptop, and iPad just yet. The corrosiveness of straight alcohol can strip the coatings on the screen, sometimes damaging it permanently.
DIY Phone Disinfectant
Add equal parts distilled water and 70% (or higher) isopropyl alcohol to a spray bottle, grab a microfiber cloth, and give it a few sprays. Gently wipe the screen and the outside of the case. Doing this can help reduce your exposure to so many of those icky phone germs. Also, remember to wash your hands!
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How often do you clean your phone and other devices? What do you normally use to clean your cell phone? Share in the comments below.
Disclaimer. The properties within isopropyl alcohol are widely known to be antimicrobial. However, this DIY Phone Disinfectant is not FDA or CDC approved.
According to apple.com Apple supports the use of isopropyl alcohol to disinfect your Apple products.
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Hi! I’m Meagan I just turned 40! I’ve been married for 14 years. I’m a proud boy mom, happily navigating my way through the little boy years. I met my husband over 20 years ago in high school; we got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. I currently help run a family business with my parents while blogging about my life and love of DIY projects!
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