Beat the Coronavirus

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How to Disinfect Electronics Without Hurting Them (or Yourself)

Before we get into the weeds, here's a quick hack for reducing the spread of germs via your phone that avoids the need to clean the device directly. Several people have noted that they keep their phones in clear sandwich bags and either change the bag every day or apply an alcohol-based disinfectant directly to the bag instead of cleaning the phone itself. The touchscreen should still work fine through the bag.

Apple has some specific instructions for their products.

- - - PHONES & TOUCHSCREENS - - -

For best results, physically remove any dirt or grime prior to disinfecting.

Note: While diluted alcohol is relatively safer than other cleaning methods, it may wear off the special coatings on your touchscreen faster than normal.

You will need:

  1. In a small container, combine one part rubbing alcohol and one part water.
  2. Close the container and shake it well to mix.
  3. Dampen a microfiber cloth with the solution.
    - Spray bottle: spray the solution lightly on the cloth.
    - Without a spray bottle: pour a small amount of the solution in the middle of the cloth, ball up the cloth around the liquid, and squeeze. Pick a damp spot on the cloth to use.
  4. Don't spray the phone directly with the squirt bottle.
  5. Rub the damp cloth very gently over all the surface of your phone. The motion will help expose and dislodge pathogens. Be careful not to get any excess liquid in the ports.
  6. Make sure your phone dries off. If it stays damp, wipe it gently with a soft dry cloth.

- - - KEYBOARDS & MICE - - -

These are a bit more forgiving than screens. Use a disinfecting wipe. Remember to let the disinfectant dry on its own, because every additonal second that it stays wet is killing more germs.