With the coronavirus pandemic, we all need (and want) to be doing our part to reduce and slow the spread of the virus. While staying home and washing our hands is key, there may be one major thing you overlooking that’s a big ol’ germ fest: your phone.

Picture this: you run into the store to buy some essential supplies, phone in tow. When you get back to your car, you bust out the hand sanitizer and get your hands perfectly clean. But, you don’t clean your phone. And the next thing you reach for? Your germ-infested device. Quarantine won’t protect you from that.

Now, just because you’re exposed to certain germs doesn’t mean you’ll come down with a virus or illness. The germs have to come into contact with an opening in your body, but that could be a tiny crack on your finger (maybe from all that hand sanitizer?), your nose, mouth, or other scratches, etc. Having a contaminated phone really increases your risk of welcoming those germs into your body (ick).

Hence why it’s so important to keep your phone as clean as possible – particularly at a time like this.

Now, the question:

How do you safely and effectively disinfect your phone?

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Step 1: Turn off your device. The point of this is to avoid electrical shorts, and this is especially important if your phone is NOT water-resistant.

Step 2: Use a bleach-free cleaning spray. Lysol or Clorox brands are the best kinds and won’t damage your phone, You could also use plain 60% isopropyl alcohol.

Step 3. Spray the cleaning spray directly onto a microfiber or lint-free cloth.

Step 4. Gently wipe your phone down with the damp cloth, thoroughly wiping each section on the back and front. Don’t directly wipe the charging port. Make sure to remove your phone case before cleaning and clean the case as well.

And that’s it! Do this every few days or anytime your phone is exposed to a high-risk situation (in this day and age, the grocery store is reason enough!)