Do not underestimate the ability of mobile phones that can kill you. Mobile phones are usually always near you, even lying on the table when you sleep, also when spending ‘quality time’ with family, or while bathing.
Considering that a cellphone is the object that you carry most often whenever and wherever, you should also know that it can carry lots of germs.
In a study by researchers from the University of Arizona, they found microbes that could potentially make you sick, such as Staphylococcus aureus and pseudomonas from 17,000 bacteria on the surface of the cellphones of 27 high school students.
Another study found strong pathogens such as streptococcus, MRSA, and E. coli on the surface of cellphones. So it’s true that calling a cellphone is dangerous, other than because of the radiation.
So it is important to eradicate these germs to at least reduce the potential danger other than from radiation. Karen WeiRu Lin, MD, assistant dean of global health at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School said, “As long as the germs don’t get into your body, you’re fine, but most people hold cellphones very close to their faces”.
Of course if you keep the surface of the phone clean, at least you reduce the risk of exposure to germs. However, your expensive cellphone is not something that can be rubbed with soap and water. Therefore, the following are tips for cleaning the surface of the cell phone without making it damaged, quoting from WomensHealthMag.
1. How often should you clean it?
That depends on how often you use your cellphone, including carrying it, said Dr. Lin. If you carry your cellphone in a bag, and if you only use it when your hands are clean, you can clean the surface of the cellphone every week.
But if you are like most people, who have enough contact with cellphones then “there is no harm in cleaning it several times a week. Especially during the cold and flu season,” said Dr. Lin.
2. How to clean it?
Rajeev Fernando, MD, an infectious disease expert in Southampton, New York, recommends doing the following:
- 1. Use disinfecting wipes without bleach
- 2. Turn off the cellphone
- 3. Squeeze the tissue if it’s too wet and use it to clean the surface of the cellphone. Do not press too hard, and bend the phone after cleaning it to prevent liquid from entering the machine.
- 4. Use a micro-fiber cloth moistened with water and wipe the surface of the phone again.
- 5. After that, use a dry micro-fiber cloth to wipe the entire surface once again.
3. Is it safe to use a cell phone cleaning tool?
Today, many unique items are sold at online shopping, including mobile phone cleaning devices, such as UV disinfecting to clean cell phones. However, experts advise against using it all, because there are no studies that can prove its effectiveness.
“I will never use these tools to clean my cellphone,” said Donald W. Schaffner, PhD, a professor at Rutgers University who has examined hand washing and cross contamination. They not only damage the cellphone, but you also don’t need it. It is better to do the steps above which have been proven to clean the cell phone from germs that stick, said Dr. Fernando.
4. Is there a specific thing that should not be used to clean mobile phones?
Do not use bleach. “Don’t use bleach disinfecting wipes or hospital-level wipes,” Dr. Fernando, because they can damage the cellphone.
The new type of cellphone has an anti-scratch coating that is oil resistant, so you should not use cleaning products and abrasive materials, because it can damage or even scratch the surface of the phone. Unless you add a screen protector, it doesn’t really matter.
5. How to keep the cellphone clean so that it is not cleaned too often?
If the most frequent activity you do is call, Dr. Lin suggests using headphones or cellphone speakers to reduce facial contact with the surface of the cellphone.
Dr. Schaffner also suggested that you wash your hands regularly (and make sure that you do not put your cellphone on a dirty surface, such as a bathroom table or restaurant table). “Instead of worrying about the germs on the surface of cellphones, you should pay more attention to germs on the hands,” he said. “Risks can be managed by washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer.”
You and your cellphone are tied up so you can’t live apart for too long, and there’s no way to keep it free of germs. But washing your hands regularly and taking the time to clean your cellphone can make a big change in your life.