We check our phone several times a day but very rarely think about cleaning it. However, bacteria accumulate.

Our phone follows us everywhere ... sometimes even to the bathroom! A playground for bacteria. Some good reflexes and cleaning are necessary ... especially during the coronavirus epidemic. 

1) To limit the proliferation of bacteria, wash your hands after using your smartphone. If you used it while shopping, clean it up when you come back. In general, avoid using it during meals so that germs do not pass from the appliance to your plate, then to your body. 

2) Do not put it under water directly even if it is certified as IP67 or IP68 (waterproof), this will damage it. 

3) Before cleaning your device, unplug it if it is charging and turn it offSeveral solutions are possible. Remember to clean the edges, back and buttons

  • Use a clean cloth (not to be reused afterwards) soaked in hot soapy water.
  • Use a disinfectant wipe (Clorox type) for computer screens, a wipe soaked in 70% isopropyl alcohol or antiseptic wipes. 
  • You can also use a cloth that you spray with screen cleaning spray.
  • The site suggests mixing 40% alcohol and 60% water in a container and using this recipe on a soft cloth.
  • Do not use antiseptic liquid or bleach! The hydroalcoholic gel is not recommended either, it does not adhere properly to screens. Cleaning wipes used for cleaning are also prohibited.
  •  Wait until it is completely dry to turn it on again. 

4) Remember to clean the lens of your camera to remove any fingerprints. 

5) If you have a cover, remove it from time to time to rid your device of crumbs and other dust that loves to hide in it. 

6) To limit the proliferation of germs on your smartphone, you can also buy an antimicrobial case like the Presidio PRO from the Speck brand. It has a specific treatment that promises to inhibit the growth of bacteria. 

7) These guidelines also apply to computer screens as to all peripherals. Also remember to clean your keyboard and mouse, ideally once a day.