Cleaning the mobile germ warehouse

Jan 04 2014, 11:03 IST
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Because our electronics are constantly within our grubby grasp, they can get pretty gross. (Thinkstock photo) Because our electronics are constantly within our grubby grasp, they can get pretty gross. (Thinkstock photo)
SummaryTake a look at your mobile device. Do you see oily fingerprints and lint on the touch screen?

water and purer alcohol so there are fewer chemicals or minerals left behind when the solution evaporates,” he said.

Fill a spray bottle with the diluted alcohol, lightly moisten a lint-free, preferably microfibre, cloth (no paper towels) and gently wipe down the screen and case. Never spray directly onto the device. To clean corners and around ports, use lint-free foam rather than cotton Q-tips.

It’s up to you how obsessively you want to clean your mobile devices, but health and electronics experts advise wiping down your mobile device with a moist microfiber cloth at least daily for basic sanitation and upkeep.

Like your toothbrush, “your mobile device is something you want to clean regularly,” said Dr. Guerrero, the infectious disease specialist. And it is probably not something you want to pass around the table.

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