While you may frequently wash your hands during the day, how often do you clean your phone? When you touch door handles, gas pumps, elevator buttons, or even use someone else’s phone, these bacteria-friendly surfaces pass on germs to your hands. Then, as you use your phone, the bacteria is deposited on your phone’s surface. This can be hazardous, as you likely touch your face at some point during the day whether you realize it or not. This means that bacteria stores from the phone can end up on your face! While it’s impossible to avoid all germy areas and objects in everyday life, there are ways to keep yourself protected.
A phone case is not only great for impact protection, but also for keeping bacteria at bay. When developing better sanitary habits, two cases are better than one. Why? Because when one is installed, the other can be stored in a clean place until it’s time to change them out. Follow this routine to ensure your phone stays clean to keep your hands and face protected.
1. Choose Two Phone Cases
These can be exactly the same, complementary, or entirely different. The focus here is to choose cases that offer 360° protection to seal out bacteria and offer drop protection. At i-Blason, we offer our ultra-protective Ares series as well as our designer Cosmo line, each of which will protect your phone and look great doing it! After putting on your first case, store your other in a sanitary location.
2. Routine Cleaning
To minimize the amount of bacteria on your phone, get in the habit of wiping it down daily or twice a week at the very least. You can do this with Lysol or Clorox wipes. First, remove the case and polish with a microfiber cloth (or t-shirt if necessary). The friction of the cloth and glass surface will remove germs. Use a wipe on the screen but be careful to avoid the ports and speaker. If the wipe is super wet, wring it out before using on your phone. Allow the cleaning solution to air dry, then wipe the screen with the microfiber cloth again. It’s recommended that you don’t use the same cloth you used previously. Do the same with your case.
What if you don’t have wipes at home? Soap and water with a microfiber cloth won’t be as effective as a Lysol wipe, but it will reduce the amount of bacteria on the phone. Whenever you’re finished, wash those hands!
3. Time to Swap
After a few weeks to a month, it will be time to change phone cases. Remove your current one and give it a more serious clean. You can use a mild soap and wash it with lukewarm water. Ensure it’s completely dry before storing. Before putting on the second case, wipe down your phone.
You can also minimize the bacteria build-up on your phone by switching up habits you may have. For instance, try to not pull out your phone while on the bus or subway. As your board or head off, you probably touch a railing or the seat. These are breeding zones for germs! Leave your phone out of the bathroom as well. We recommend also installing a screen protector if your phone case does not have one built-in. This will protect the glass surface from scratches and stand up to this type of cleaning. By incorporating a cyclical phone case and sanitation routine, you can help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses in your home and other places.