How to Clean Your Phone, Because It's Probably Pretty Disgusting

Think about all the places you take your phone. Now think about all the places you set it down. Cell phones have been proven to carry germs, bacteria, and feces—which is no surprise, considering it goes everywhere with you. In other words, your phone is disgusting.

Phones should really be cleaned once a day, but if you can't get around to making that happen (honestly, who has time for that?), cleaning it once a week, or even once a month is better than nothing.

Unfortunately, you can't just spray some windex on your phone, use an antibacterial wipe, or wash it with soap and water. It has to be cleaned without the use of harsh chemicals and water, since both can damage your phone.

Here's what to do instead:

  • Use a trusted cleaning kit like iKlear. The alcohol and ammonia free solution is meant to clean and protect the display and exterior surface of your smartphone and LCD devices. Be sure to use one of the three included microfiber polishing cloths. The kit also comes with on-the-go single wet wipes. Buy it on Amazon for $15.
  • To clean, sanitize, and charge your phone simultaneously, check out PhoneSoap. Just place it in once a day to eliminate all the grossness. Buy it here for $68.
  • Or if you don't want to spend money, you can DIY a solution. Grab a lint-free cloth, and fill a spray bottle halfway with distilled or bottled water. Fill the other half with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Mix it together, lightly spray the cloth, and rub it all over your phone.

And voila, your phone is clean and ready to get dirty again!