Your Smartphone: Daily
When you think of your daily chores, you may think of dishes, sweeping, possibly laundry—but cleaning your smartphone? It’s not at the top of most cleaning checklists, but your smartphone could be making you sick if you don’t keep it clean. According to one study, the average person clicks, taps, and swipes more than 2,600 times a day over 75 separate sessions.
All of that use means your phone is spending time with you everywhere you go, whether it’s somewhere clean—or somewhere like the toilet. That makes your phone a hotspot for germs. A separate study showed that of 150 phones, 124 showed signs of bacterial growth. And remember—this device touches your ears, your lips, and the side of your face.
The best way to keep your smartphone clean is to wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Before you do, though, check your manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damaging the device. And while you clean the phone, be sure the case gets wiped down as well.