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The Best Phone Cleaners to Sanitize Your Phone

Cleaning your phone is more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Time to wipe down that phone

If you find yourself thinking, How do I clean my phone, in the middle of the current coronavirus pandemic, know you aren’t alone. Everyone is concerned about staying safe and healthy. Cleaning our devices is a part of this. Research has shown that cell phones can be up to ten times as dirty as a toilet seat. If that startling statistic doesn’t motivate you to use a phone cleaner, what will?

But not all phone cleaners are alike. From products specifically designed for your phone to household cleaners you may already have on hand, here are some of the best popular products you can use to disinfect your phone. (It’s also a good idea to purchase a screen protector to assure the coating on your device doesn’t become damaged from chemicals or accidentally using the wrong combination of products.) Find out just how filthy your phone is.

Note: Prices listed were accurate as of press time; pricing fluctuations may occur.

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Lysol Disinfectant Spray


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Many of us already use Lysol spray and wipes to disinfect surfaces in our homes, but did you know it also works as a phone cleaner? “For mobile phones, one of the best sanitizers is Lysol, either the sprays or the wipes,” says Aqsa Tabassam, editor-in-chief of InsideTechWorld. “Leave it on for four to five minutes, to disinfect and clean before wiping,” she notes. The product has a refreshing smell too. These four household products kill coronavirus, according to Consumer Reports.

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Clorox Wipes


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Apple specifically endorses Clorox Wipes to clean its products during the coronavirus outbreak. “You may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces.” Tabassam also recommends Clorox Wipes and shares that they aren’t just for Apple products. “It is safe to use Clorox Wipes on cell phones or PCs to remove all the dirt and harmful germs that lead to illness.” Just make sure you aren’t using any wipes that contain bleach, which can damage your phone and irritate your skin. Here’s exactly why Clorox is so good at killing germs.

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Microban 24 Hour Multipurpose Cleanervia

Microban 24 Hour Multipurpose Cleaner


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This P&G product is formulated to keep surfaces protected from germs for up to 24 hours and kills 99.9 percent of bacteria. A company spokeswoman told the Cincinnati Business Courrier that two Microban 24 products (the multipurpose cleaner and the bathroom cleaner) “have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces.” To clean your phone, first spray the cleaner on a microfiber cloth and then clean your phone with it. This is a particularly helpful product for healthcare workers or other people who may not be able to clean their phones multiple times per day as it offers longer-lasting protection.

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HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizervia

HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer


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In the midst of the pandemic panic, we’re all cleaning our phones more often. Even when the situation becomes under control, we are all likely to be more cautious of germs. That’s why a product like the HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer is a worthwhile investment. A great alternative to chemical cleaners, this device kills up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses at the DNA level using UV-C LED light.

This sanitizer fits a variety of devices including larger models such as the iPhone 8+ and Google Pixel 3. Just insert your phone, turn it on and run a minute long cycle. Both sides of your phone will be disinfected. It’s also portable so you can use it on the go or when you travel. In addition to cleaning our phones on the reg, here are 13 everyday habits that will change forever after coronavirus.

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Isopropyl alcohol


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Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol makes a great phone cleaner and you probably already have it at home, plus it’s Apple-endorsed. The company recommends using a non-abrasive or alcohol-based (70 percent isopropyl) to disinfect your device. Just makes sure your phone is unplugged and turned off before you begin cleaning. While you might be tempted to use a paper towel, you should keep in mind that they can be too abrasive for your phone screen. A microfiber cleaning cloth is ideal because it cleans without damaging surfaces. But no matter what you do, just avoid pouring or spraying alcohol directly on your phone. Find out the 30 things you should clean in the next 30 days.

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Germ-X 12 Fl. Oz. Aloe Hand Sanitizervia

Germ-X 12 Fl. Oz. Aloe Hand Sanitizer


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Hand sanitizer isn’t an ideal phone cleaner because some brands can leave a small amount of residue on your screen, but in a pinch, it will do. Avoid pouring it directly onto your phone because it’s easy to accidentally get it in the openings, which can cause damage; rather squirt a small amount on a microfiber cloth, then wipe your screen. When you’re done cleaning your phone, don’t forget to wash your hands. This is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other diseases.

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TechTonic High-Performance Device Cleanervia

TechTonic High-Performance Device Cleaner


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While TechTonic won’t disinfect your phone, it can be used in conjunction with other products to keep your phone clean for a longer period of time. After disinfecting your phone, spray some on an anti-microbial microfiber cloth and wipe away; TechTonic is formulated with a proprietary blend of polymers that repel dirt and fingerprints to keep your screen clean longer. This can be very helpful to tablet users, especially those who share their devices with kids.

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CleanWell Botanical Disinfectantvia

CleanWell Botanical Disinfectant


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CleanWell’s products eschew bleach and harmful chemicals in favor of plant-based ingredients, and it still kills 99.9 percent of germs. It’s also made the EPA’s list of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, so you can be sure COVID won’t stand a chance. It’s also one of the green cleaning products you should give a try. CleanWell has sprays, wipes, and a cleaner specifically designed for bathrooms. Do you know about these 8 things to never store on your smartphone?

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SANITECH Electronic Device & Surface Sanitizervia

SANITECH Electronic Device & Surface Sanitizer


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This phone cleaner, from WHOOSH!, is designed specifically for electronic device surfaces and kills 99.99 percent of bacteria. It comes in a spray bottle and comes with a heavy-duty cleaning cloth. And it’s also EPA approved, so you can feel good about your impact on the earth. WHOOSH also makes screen cleaner products that’ll keep your phone (or iPad, or TV, or eyeglasses!) shiny and streak-free. These phone cleaners keep your phone clean, but do you know how to keep it safe? Find out the biggest smartphone security threats for 2021.


Amanda Lauren
A self-proclaimed "Jackie of All Trades. Marilyn of None," Amanda Lauren does everything including writing about anything lifestyle related for a number of websites as well as her blog, It's Amanda Lauren. Anything but lazy, she also has a podcast called Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About. She can also be found on stage doing standup and sketch comedy or hosting red carpet events. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs, Lulu and Milo.

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