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    Here's How To Actually Clean Your Disgusting Phone

    Equally important: how to not accidentally damage it in the process.

    Let's face it: your cellphone is literally covered in germs.

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    You're on it all the time, and it goes basically everywhere with you (including the bathroom). It's disgusting. Studies have shown that most phones test positive for potential disease-causing microbes and fecal matter (so yeah, poop). And because you're constantly touching your phone, all that grossness can get transferred right back to your face.

    TL;DR — your phone is a mobile germ carrier.

    Think sanitizing is as simple as a quick rub-down with an antibacterial wipe and reading this post is a waste of time?

    WRONG. Antibacterial wipes and disinfectants are actually super abrasive and can damage or scratch your phone.

    So here's a safe way to disinfect your phone that's way less abrasive but still effective at killing all the germs.

    Step 1: Fill a spray bottle halfway with distilled or bottled water.

    Step 2: Fill the other half of the bottle with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

    Step 3: Screw the cap back on and shake the bottle to mix the solution.

    Step 3: *LIGHTLY* spray the solution on a microfiber or lint-free cloth.

    Rub it all over your entire phone — especially those buttons!

    Important: This is for once-a-week disinfecting, not everyday cleaning.

    Overuse with this solution can result in some slight damage to the screen's coating, so you don't want to do it more than once a week. For daily cleaning, you can just use a dry lint-free cloth (which Apple recommends).

    Does this method actually work? We swabbed a phone and grew bacterial cultures before and after cleaning to find out.

    Here's what grew on the petri dishes after 5 days:

    Watch the full video here and get ready to sanitize that phone!