Don’t Get Sick from Your iPhone
Did you know that, according to the Mayo Clinic, an estimated one third of all colds and viruses actually get into your body through your ears? Most people assume that viruses and colds are only caught by drinking after someone or eating bad food. Surprisingly though, you can also get sick from just using your iPhone.
Surprising Gross Facts
According to Pop Sci, an online magazine and website, an estimated 1 million bacteria live on your phone. If you don’t wash your hands regularly or if you share your phone with a friend, then this number could easily be double or triple that. For the most part, it’s hard for these bacteria to get off your phone and into your ear. Once in the ear though, they can make a bee line for your respiratory system, sliding down the ear canal and into the sinuses.
Here’s something else to consider. Everything that you touch with your hands will end up on your iPhone and your iPhone screen if you aren’t careful. Not to mention all of the other bacteria that your iPhone picks up whenever you set it down. The slick glass surface is perfect for trapping all kinds of bacteria and germs. According to “Do You Clean Your Phone,” most people don’t even bother to set their iPhone some place safe when they go into a public restroom. The two most popular resting locations are on the top of the toilet paper dispenser and on the floor! Obviously, this isn’t good for your health.
But Don’t Use Commercial Cleaner
Obviously, your first inclination is probably going to be to clean your iPhone. But remember that iPhones are not like counter surfaces. They need special caretaking. You can purchase some antibacterial wipes specifically for smartphones and iPhones in particular. Commercial cleaners will cause significant problems with your iPhone. In some cases, they will eat through your screen, or they may just weaken it; and it is applicable to the iPad as well, as the doing so could significantly increase the costs of your iPhone and iPad repair. Some people say that they’ve been able to use Clorox wipes without a problem, but don’t risk it.
Most of the time though you’ll be able to clean your iPhone well enough if you use a microfiber cloth. Most of the bacteria containing substance on your iPhone is in the streaks that you leave from your fingerprints and your ear imprint. A microfiber cloth will remove these without causing damage to your screen. The antibacterial wipes should only be used if you are particularly concerned about a virus or if you set it someplace very dirty.
Large Spills on the Screen
In some cases, ketchup, mustard, or any other number of different things could wind up on your iPhone. In that case, you need to remove them carefully. The best way to go about this is to rub your finger lightly over the surface and peel it off. Don’t use too much pressure. If it is proving particularly stubborn, dampen a microfiber cloth and then gently rub the affected area. Remember that it should only be lightly dampened. You don’t want to get water in your iPhone. For the most effective removal, make small circular motions.
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