Studies have shown that our smartphones are usually dirtier than a toilet seat and carry tens of thousands of bacteria, so making it a habit to clean your iPhone regularly is a healthy step. But which is safe or best to use? Let’s take a look at the do’s and don’ts of how to wipe iPhone step by step.
For many years, Apple didn’t mention the use of alcohol or Clorox wipes on the iPhone, but as of 2020, it has shared that both are fine to use (a minor flaw described below).
With cold and flu season in full swing, there’s never been a better time to make it a regular habit to clean your iPhone. With that said, refraining from using your iPhone while on the toilet is an easy way to keep it remarkably clean.
How to clean iPhone?
NOT cleaning iPhone
- Do not use cleaning sprays (no bleach, hydrogen peroxide, etc.)
- Do not use compressed air
- Do not leave cables connected to your iPhone
- Do not immerse or spray cleaning agents into iPhone openings
The best things to clean your iPhone
Steps to clean your iPhone
- Apple says turn off your iPhone before cleaning it
- Make sure that too off cables or accessories
- Wipe your iPhone with a clean microfiber cloth
- Dampen your cloth slightly with water if necessary
- To: disinfect iPhoneuse a Clorox wipe or 70% isopropyl/ethyl alcohol on your cloth and wipe your device
- Use a cotton swab gently to break up and remove hard-to-reach spots; make sure you don’t poke into or through grilles, microphones, or other critical components.
- Blue Tack is another great way to remove dirt and debris from speaker grilles, etc.
Warning for Clorox wipes and alcohol
The only downside to using Clorox wipes or alcohol wipes on your iPhone is that Apple says it can wear down the oleophobic coating (fingerprint resistance).
An easy solution here is to install a screen protector so cleaning wipes don’t damage your iPhone’s screen coating.
There are plenty of affordable glass protectors for the iPhone between $8 and $30, and if you haven’t tried them in a while, they’re pretty easy to install.
UV smartphone cleaners
PhoneSoap is probably the most popular brand when it comes to cleaning your iPhone with UV light.
The company uses 360-degree UV lamps to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, and the company says the results are clinically proven. This portable smartphone sanitizer also charges your device while it’s being cleaned (has a USB-C and USB-A port).
PhoneSoap 3 normally retails for $59 and PhoneSoap Pro retails for $119. The company also has its larger HomeSoap line, which cleans a wide variety of items.
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