7 Products to Keep Your Cell Phone Clean
It's cold and flu season, so it's time to tackle one of the germiest items in your home - the phone you touch countless times a day.
The average cell phone user touches their phone 2,617 times each day, according to research firm dscout. Pair that with research from the University of Arizona that found that cell phones are 10 times dirtier than most toilet seats, and it’s time to clean your cell phone, like right now.
We’ve rounded up seven must-have products to get your cell phone as close to germ-free as possible, which you know you want to do during cold and flu season (and the rest of the year, too).
PhoneSoap harnesses the power of UV light to sanitize your germ-ridden cell phone but inside a case so you can clean it while it charges. It takes about 10 minutes to disinfect your phone, but since it's in a protective case, both sides of your phone are sanitized at the same time. PhoneSoap comes in eight different colors, including aqua and periwinkle, so it even looks stylish sitting next to you at your desk.
BUY IT: Amazon, $60
This handheld tool uses UV light to rid your touchscreen of germs. Supposedly, 99.9% of them. Simply flip open the wand and slowly scan the surface of your phone. Because this wand is portable, you can use it to sanitize other germ-filled surfaces too, like your laptop keyboard, the remote control, even the tray table on an airplane.
BUY IT: Amazon, $45
If your kids use your phone a lot to watch videos and play games then the surface of your screen is probably a mess with smudges and fingerprints. Roll iRoller over the face of your cell phone, and like magic, sticky fingerprints should disappear. No water is necessary and you can re-use this touchscreen cleaner again and again. Plus, it's portable, so you can throw it in your bag to use on-the-go.
BUY IT: Walmart, $19.95
These moist antibacterial wipes remove make-up, facial oils, fingerprints, and germs from your phone's touchscreen. They're disposable and great for a touchup when your phone starts to look grimy. Just remember to re-seal the package so the rest of the wipes don't dry out before you get a chance to use them.
BUY IT: Best Buy, $4.99
This leather-like cell phone case claims to rid your phone of 99.9% of microbes in two hours, which may seem like a long time, but if you keep your phone tucked away in this colorful case overnight, you should be good to go. Just slide your phone into the case, which protects your phone from scratches and cracks while it cleans, so it's like a two-in-one.
BUY IT: Amazon, $35
Spray this non-toxic screen cleaner on the face of your phone, then wipe away lurking germs with the anti-microbial cloth that comes in the package. It's also great for cleaning tablets and laptops, as well as any other devices with sensitive screens. Each travel-size bottle is good for about 250 sprays of cleaner, so it should last quite a while, depending on how often you clean your phone.
BUY IT: Target, $10
This cell phone sterilizer not only sanitizes your phone, but it also makes your phone smell good thanks to a built-in aromatherapy function. Similar to PhoneSoap, you place your phone in a hard case, and in six minutes your phone is germ-free (or nearly germ-free). Tack on an extra eight minutes so the diffuser can fragrantly refresh your phone with the essential oil of your choice.
BUY IT: Amazon, $40.99