Cellphones notoriously harbour bacteria and viruses, research shows. With coronavirus cases rising, washing your hands well and often is essential, but so is making sure the surfaces you’re touching are disinfected. The surface you are probably touching the most? Your cellphone.
Surfaces can be notorious for hosting viruses, and some of them linger longer than others. However, scientists suggest it’s possible that it could be active for hours, if not days. It is recommended to clean and disinfect ‘high-touch surfaces’. The goal is to prevent the virus from getting on your hands, and subsequently into your system when you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
How to clean and disinfect your cellphone:
Keep in mind that some disinfectants like diluted household bleach won’t work well with electronics. Power down first – before doing any cleaning, turn off your phone and unplug from any charger. Use microfiber cloths. These specifically designed cloths have more fibres than other types of cloth, and as a result, can pick up more microscopic particles, including bacteria and viruses. That doesn’t mean it kills them – just lifts them off the surfaces without the use of water. Think of it as a little virus magnet.
Because of that, be sure to disinfect the cloth before using it again. The best way is using your dishwasher – that “sanitize” cycle works like a charm – then hanging it up to dry, but you can also throw in the washing machine with warm water. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the germy cloth.
Try rubbing alcohol. If your cellphone is particularly grubby, or you don’t have microfiber cloths available, you can disinfect by creating a solution of about 60% alcohol and 40% warm water. Use a small corner of a cloth to gently clean the phone. Immediately use a dry portion of the cloth right afterward.
Don’t spray the alcohol directly on the cellphone, and be sure to dilute it. You can also use a microfiber cloth for this for extra cleaning clout. Regular soap and water works, too, just be sure to use a tiny amount and squeeze out excess liquid before using.
Ask your nearest RingPharm pharmacist for more advice.
Source: KK Publishers