Tips on Sanitising Your iPhone Without Causing Damage

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With the coronavirus spreading over the world, even if it isn't in your area, you may be considering measures to keep healthy. Cleaning your iPhone and washing your hands frequently can be a crucial precaution, given how many places we use them and how many germs they harbour. Let's look at several methods for cleaning and sanitising your iPhone without damaging it.

How to Clean and Sanitise an iPhone Without Damaging It

1. Use an Antimicrobial Cleaning Cloth

You just used your iPhone to touch your face and then used it to touch a public surface. Do you give it a quick wipe with your hand? Of course not. If you're not going to use a tissue, why use your hand? In fact, you should use an antimicrobial cleaning cloth. This will kill 99.99% of bacteria and germs, and keep your iPhone fresh.

2. Apply a Screen Protector, Then Use Disinfecting Wipes

Whether you want to do this temporarily with coronavirus (or even during cold/flu season) or as a long-term solution, putting a screen protector on your iPhone will prevent any cleaning wipes from harming the screen covering.

There are several inexpensive glass screen protectors for iPhones ranging from $5 to $30, and if you haven't tried one in a while, they've grown much easier to install in recent years.

Using your iPhone's display cover, you may disinfect it with small device wipes, Clorox or Lysol wipes, or a little bit of 60-70 percent isopropyl alcohol (dab it on a microfiber cloth, then dab it on your screen).

You can also use cotton swabs, but generally, we do not recommend using cotton swabs on a touchscreen. As we've explained before, the cotton swab may be too abrasive for the touchscreen, and may damage it.

3. Clean Around the Home Button

Skin cells, makeup and grime, can build up around the Home button, so it's important to keep that area clean and sanitary. A few weeks ago, we told you how to clean the Home button to get the best results. The process of getting the buttons clean takes a bit of work, so I'd suggest using it in rotation, using this technique when you need to sanitise the iPhone, and using a spray sanitiser once a week or so.

4. Clean and sanitise with a UV smartphone cleaner

For a deep cleaning, you can use a UV smartphone cleaner. The great thing about one of these cleaners is that it sanitises your phone and kills 99.99% of bacteria, germs and viruses. It will clean the screen and some of the inside components of your iPhone, putting you at ease knowing that the germs on your smartphone are at a minimum. Just turn it on and wipe the phone with the cloth. It will automatically shut itself off when it's finished.


If you're still cleaning your iPhone with a wet wipe, consider using one of these methods going forward. Regular cleanings can help keep disease-causing bacteria at bay. Remember to follow the instructions on the cleaning products you choose.

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