Clean Your Phone, You Filthy Animal

Tech Tips

Most of us don’t think twice about using our phones at prime germ breeding locations like where we eat, in the bathroom, or at the gym. What’s worse is that we don’t consider the need to clean and disinfect our phones nearly as often as we should.


Right now, your phone has around 25,000 germs per square inch. If your cell phone were an amusement park it would be the Disneyland for germs and bacteria. They’re dirtier than one dollar bills, your old gym shoes, and public toilets at Walmart.  


What’s more concerning is a lot of these bacteria are the dangerous kind.


Studies show that 92% of phones have an excess of bacteria and 16% of that bacteria is E.coli. So basically 16% of your phone is covered in feces. MRSA and Influenza are also serious germs that tend to make a home on the warm, grease-covered devices that we put up to our faces everyday.


Now that you’re thoroughly grossed out, we have a solution. There are some simple recipes using common household ingredients that are safe for your delicate devices and will rid them of harmful germs and bacteria. It is important that you follow the directions carefully because certain hardware and screens are delicate and spraying any liquids directly on them can strip important sealers and cause fatal damage. You should never submerge or directly pour any liquid on an electronic device. We are not responsible for any loss or damage you may cause to your device. Now that we have that out of the way let’s get started.


What you’ll need:


Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic and antifungal that can be used for an endless list of healing and cleaning purposes. It is safe-to-handle, effective, and should be used diluted in small amounts. As a bonus, it has a fresh and pleasant scent.

As surprising as it sounds, Vodka can be a helpful ingredient when cleaning your devices. Vodka is a great multi-purpose cleaner that is really effective at killing germs and smells. Vodka also does not streak and will leave mirrors and glass with a streak-free shine plus it’ll get you drunk.

If you don’t have any Vodka in your house, you might be tempted to reach for rubbing alcohol as a replacement, but there are important differences between them.

Rubbing alcohol is extremely effective at killing germs and removing caked-on grease from things we touch every day.  But it tends to leave behind a residue and intense smell that you wouldn’t really want coming in close contact with your face or mouth. Vodka is non-toxic, edible and won’t leave behind any residue.

Vinegar has been used as a cleaner and antimicrobial since the ancient Egyptians. It’s non-toxic, and inexpensive.


Cell Phone Cleaner:

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¼ cup vodka

¼ cup vinegar

10 drops of tea tree essential oil

Lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth

Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Lightly mist the cloth with the mixture and use it to wipe your cell phone clean. This solution can be stored indefinitely in the bottle.


Keyboard Cleaner:

Your keyboard is a magnet for skin cells, dust and oil from constant touch. Cleaning the surface is easy just make sure the keyboard is unplugged or the device is off before you start.

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¼ cup vinegar

10 drops of tea tree oil

¼ cup rubbing alcohol


Combine all the ingredients in a small spray bottle. Spray a small amount onto a microfiber cloth, being careful not to get the cloth too wet. Carefully wipe the keyboard and keys. Repeat if necessary.


Screen Cleaner:

Screens need to be cleaned but they are delicate and easily smudged. This recipe uses gentle but effective products.

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¼ cup vinegar

10 drops of tea tree essential oil


Combine vinegar and the tea tree oil in a bottle and shake well. Turn off the device before cleaning it. Lightly mist a lint-free cloth with the mixture and use the cloth to wipe the device clean.


Bottom Line:

Clean your electronics regularly. If you’re a habitual bathroom browser it’s even more imperative. We’ve all got better things to worry about then poop on our phones.

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