Sanitize Your Electronics

5 Tips for Sanitizing Your Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices

Sanitize Your Electronics

5 Tips for Sanitizing Your Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices

As each of us plays a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19, Victory State Bank in Staten Island, N.Y., is urging consumers and business operators to help protect themselves and others by keeping often-used electronic devices clean. “Our mobile phones connect us to the outside world and are possibly the items we touch the most throughout the day. The COVID-19 pandemic has Americans focused on their health and safety, and phone hygiene is a growing concern,” states the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an article about cleanliness and electronic devices.

According to the FCC, health experts suggest cleaning your phone at least once a day as a preventative measure. Before you begin, the FCC advises that you check with the manufacturer for guidance on how to clean your device. Apple and a number of Android device manufacturers offer similar recommendations, such as the following five tips:

  • Unplug the device before cleaning.
  • Use a lint-free cloth slightly dampened with soap and water.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the device.
  • Avoid aerosol sprays and cleaning solutions that contain bleach or abrasives.
  • Keep liquids and moisture away from any openings on the device.

While it is safe to use disinfectant wipes on many devices, keep in mind that those containing alcohol, bleach or vinegar may wear down the protective coating on a smartphone’s screen.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers additional advice for cleaning and disinfecting your mobile devices, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. If no instructions are available from the manufacturer of the device, CDC suggests using alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70 percent alcohol to disinfect touch screens.

You can also take steps to minimize your mobile device’s exposure to germs and the coronavirus.

  • When outside of your home, keep your phone in your pocket, purse or car.
  • When shopping, use a written shopping list, not a list kept on your smartphone.
  • Use a credit card for payment, preferably a contactless one, and not the mobile pay option on your smartphone.
  • After being in public places, only touch your phone after you have washed or sanitized your hands or removed gloves you have worn.
  • Use a hands-free device when making calls so that your phone is not pressed against your face or face mask.