It is important to clean cell phones regularly, because dirt, oil, makeup and germs can build up on the phone from constant use. Not only does a clean cell phone look better, but it is also a good way to prevent getting sick and causing breakouts on your face where your cell phone rests against it. Following some simple steps will ensure a clean cell phone that is germ-free.
To get a clean cell phone, you need disinfecting wipes, rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs, and glass cleaner. Never spray anything directly onto your cell phone, and do not use anything to clean it that can leave dust behind, such as tissues. Instead, use a soft cloth. Some suggest dismantling your cell phone to clean it -- but keep in mind that if you choose to do this, you must not get the battery wet. In addition, dismantling your phone may void your warranty, so do so at your own risk. It might be a good idea to remove just the battery before doing any cleaning.
To clean the phone, dip your soft cloth in rubbing alcohol and gently rub the case of the phone and the buttons. To clean the screen, spraying the cloth with glass cleaner and wiping the screen is an effective method. You can also use glass cleaner to clean around the buttons on the phone, if you have an older phone with a plastic case around the buttons. Again, if you've chosen to take your phone apart, you can scrub in between and behind the buttons.
Next, take a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe in and around the connectors on the phone, for example where you plug the phone in to charge or where you connect headphones. Use the cotton swab on the speakers as well. These areas tend to trap dirt and lint, which can affect the way your phone works -- a clean cell phone will last longer than one that is clogged with dirt or oil. Never submerge these areas, or any other part of the phone, in the rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner.
If you don't have these items, using a disinfecting wipe will also get the job done. Some cell phone manufacturers offer specialized cleansing wipes for cell phones, but unless it will void your warranty if you don't use one of their specialized wipes, a standard disinfecting wipe found in stores will work just fine. Once you've finished cleaning and disinfecting and you have a clean cell phone, do not reassemble the phone or turn it on until everything is dry.