December 18, 2014

Keeping Your Andy Clean (And Disease Free)

The other morning I was eating breakfast and catching up on my email and Reader and realized that even though I had washed my hands before sitting down to eat, I had never washed my phone.  And I had just been happily clicking away on my never cleaned phone at the kitchen table next to my cereal bowl.  Yuck.

My next action was to find out how I could clean my android and ensure that it is germ free. Sure enough there is way to get your Andy clean without giving it a bath. And yes, I did search for this answer on my phone.

Note: all of these solutions are for non-screen areas on the phone.  I change screen protectors regularly to keep the screen area clean and minimize germs.  Also, turning off your phone and pulling the battery are good precautions… just in case.  But remember to replace the battery cover before cleaning.

One option is to do the old rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or q-tip trick.  This is a fairly typical method for cleaning electronics and because rubbing alcohol evaporates so quickly, it’s pretty safe.  Just keep the amount of liquid you use to a minimum and be careful of areas around keys that might allow liquid.

Other possible methods include spraying a cloth with Lysol spray and then wiping down the phone.  Or for those of you that make your own cleaners, equal mixtures of vinegar and water can be used in conjunction with a cloth as well.

For the Android user on the go, there are a couple of other possible solutions.  One is to use an anti-bacterial hand wipe to quickly wipe the phone down.  The other, similar solution is to add a small amount of hand sanitizer to a cloth and wiping the phone down that way.  As with the rubbing alcohol method, you’ll want to be careful of using too much liquid and attentive when cleaning areas where liquid might get down into the sensitive recesses of your phone.

I successfully tested the hand wipe option and would only recommend keeping a dry cloth on hand to dry the phone as you wipe since some of the hand wipes can be pretty saturated fresh from the pack. Wringing out the excess liquid is definitely not a bad idea. All in all, this method is a great way to keep your phone germ free on the go.   If anyone has any suggestions on how too keep your device clean and germ free let’s hear it in the comments!

E-How.com: How to Clean Cell Phones

How2Instructions.com: How to Disinfect and Clean a Cell Phone

DoItYourself.com: How To Disinfect Your Electronics



  • Erin

    I’ve used the rubbing alcohol before and it works pretty well. Recently I’ve been using Zagg Foam on my phone and it works great. It’s safe to use on the screen as well. It’s antibacterial and it stops oil buildup so fingerprints aren’t as noticeable after use. It’s somewhat expensive at $19.99 but it works great and supposedly you get 80 sprays per can. I got mine for free last month (they did a promotion and you got a can free with orders over $40). Despite the price, I think I may buy this in the future.

    http://www.zagg.com/accessories/zaggfoam.php?intcmp=top_nav

  • Nicole Cozma

    We actually will have a follow up post with another product you may find interesting. I believe Melissa will also be covering that product.

  • hiwattage

    Are there some wipes you can get that will do the job?

  • LSUVice

    If you submit your name on the Zagg website for a chance to win an Ipad you also get free discount emails from 10% to 50 % and that is how I got my Zagg foam for half price which I think works much better than anything else I've tried and I've everything from alcohol wipes to LCD cleaner. Don't use the LCD cleaner if you have a Zagg protective cover on your phone cause it will cause it to bubble and now I have to get mine changed on my Droid but its free for life. That is whats great about there covers you could get a new one every month as long as you mail back the old one. I can't wait for the Zagg box to come out if ya'll haven't checked it out you should it seems like its gonna be pretty awesome and will support android.

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