Unless you’ve recently been rescued from a deserted island, you’re surely aware of the dangers posed by the Covid-19 virus.
I won’t go into the sad details here, but the path of destruction this pandemic is leaving its wake is nothing short of mind-boggling.
The federal government has put out a wide variety of guidelines for us to follow in order to stay safe from the virus, but there’s one detail that I haven’t really seen addressed as well as it should be…
How (and why) to properly disinfect our smartphones.
If you think about it, our phones can easily be a conduit for the Coronavirus and other germs to enter our bodies.
How easy, you ask? Well, think about this…
You’re shopping for groceries at your local market when you see an item that sparks your interest.
You pick it up to read the label, but then your phone rings. You pull out the phone to see who’s calling, then place it back in your pocket with the intention of returning the call after you get home.
Well guess what? If someone infected with Covid-19 happened to pick up that same item a short while before you did, the virus is now probably on your phone.
I’m sure you can see where this is leading. And the scenario mentioned above is just one way in a million that these nasty viruses can make their way onto your phone.
That, in a nutshell, is why it’s so important to disinfect your phone on a regular basis.
The thing is, using the wrong product to disinfect it can cause damage to the phone’s screen and other components.
Many common glass cleaners will break down and damage the protective coatings on your devices’ screens, and the damage might not always be apparent until it’s too late to stop it.
The safest effective way to disinfect any modern screen is to use pre-made disinfectant wipes that use a solution containing exactly 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Unfortunately, most varieties of disinfectant wipes on the market today contain 75% alcohol, and that’s 5% too much because that little extra 5% can indeed damage a screen with repeated use.
But luckily, you can buy 70% alcohol wipes locally at places like Walgreens and CVS.
Of course some folks prefer to make their own disinfectant solution, and that’s fine for things like counter tops, door knobs and other non-electronic items.
But if it’s going on a screen, the solution really needs to be exact because less than 70% isn’t effective enough to kill all viruses and more than 70% will damage your screens!
Bottom line: It’s very important to keep your smartphone clean and virus-free, but it’s also important to prevent damaging its screen by using the wrong cleaning products.
Disinfectant wipes with exactly 70% isopropyl alcohol are what you need.
Bonus tip: There’s actually another way to safely disinfect your phone and other small items. Click here to find out how.