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How do you keep your smartphones clean?

We use our smartphones daily, and over time it gets dirty. And I’m not just talking about smudges and fingerprints. I’m talking about particles, dust, and grime, even strains of bacteria. We don’t want these on our expensive device, so we’re wondering, how do you keep your smartphones clean?

With a microfiber cloth

Smudges are the and fingerprints are the most noticeable and when it starts to accumulate much, a microfiber cloth should do the trick. There are different types of cleaning cloths out there so pick whatever you think works best. Make sure to wash it often as it accumulates dirt as well.

With wet wipes

Sometimes you’ll get stains on your device, mostly from food or dust that mixes with the oils from your hands. These things cling to the surface and harden, making it difficult to remove with just microfiber cloth. What I do is use wet wipes as it has enough moisture in it to dissolve whatever stain on it but not enough to drip and damage any component. A few wipes on it should be good, then follow it up with a microfiber cloth for good measure.

With running water


If your device has IP67 / 68 rating, then you place it under running water to wash off whatever’s there. It’s safer and more convenient especially if the device is peppered with fine particles like sand, powder, or sawdust, compared to a microfiber cloth that might just spread it and scratch the surface. But after washing, make sure to blow on the ports to remove water droplets and wipe it dry.

With chemicals

If there are stains that you can’t remove with water, you can buy those device and screen cleaners in the market. They’re available in liquid or gel form, and they’re effective in removing those stubborn oils and smudges on your phones.

With rubbing alcohol

I mentioned earlier that your phone could have traces of bacteria, so the best way to get rid of it is by disinfecting it. In my case, I spray some rubbing alcohol on a microfiber cloth (just enough to moisten) and wipe the surfaces. For hard to reach areas like edges of the screen, cotton swabs should do the trick.

With a UV sanitizer

If you want to be fancy about it, you can bring it to a service center and have your phone sanitized with UV. Just put it in the machine, and the UV light will kill those bacteria. Huawei is offering this service in their concept stores. There are also portable models that are available on the internet. They can be pricey though, so I’ll probably stick to alcohol and microfiber cloths for now.

How about you? How do you clean your smartphones and other devices? Let us know in the comments below.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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2 Responses

  1. Red says:

    Cotton with water only. Sometimes , cotton with alcohol

  2. Daryll says:

    Alcohol will destroy the screen’s oleophobic coating. It’s a no for me.

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