Most people don’t consider just how dirty their phone really is. You touch your car door, then pull up your GPS app. You touch doorknobs, shake hands with people, grab a dollar from your wallet, then send a few texts. You wash your hands before eating, but your phone stays in your pocket, riddled with bacteria and germs. On average, Americans check their phone 47 times a day. But you probably don’t wash your hands 47 times a day. Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.1 In order to stop the spread of germs, use the following mixture to clean the fingerprints, smudges, grime, germs, and bacteria from your cell phone, or any other screen.
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/4 cup distilled water (distilled water will leave the screen spotless)
- 5 drops lime oil
Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and apply a small amount to the screen and wipe clean with a microfiber towel for a brand-new looking screen. It may be safer to apply the mixture to a towel then the screen to avoid any water damage. Lime oil is packed with terpenes like alpha- pinene, beta-pinene, myrcene, limonene, terpinolene, cineole, linalool, borneol, and citral, which give the oil its antiviral and disinfectant properties.
Citations:1 - Abrams, Abigail. "Your Cell Phone Is 10 Times Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat. Here's What to Do About It." Time, time.com/4908654/cell-phone-bacteria/.