So while our personal gadgets may not be teeming with bacteria and viruses, germs are, indeed, getting smarter. “Basically, microbes are incredible. There's such a vast amount of microbial diversity, and that translates to a whole bunch of versatility,” Hartmann says. “So, the more we use disinfectant chemicals to try to get rid of microbes, the more creatively the microbes will find ways to get around the disinfectant.”
OK, so how then should we clean all of the technology that’s a part of our everyday lives? Stay away from “specialty cleaners” especially when a much more cost-effective isopropyl alcohol mixture will get the job done. You don’t need any canned air either for dirty keyboards, a blow dryer on a cool setting will get that job done just the same. And then stock up on some microfiber cloths ($8.99 for a 5 pack) which can be reused (when washed properly).
“If you are really concerned about your tech and you are looking for some way to clean it, I would recommend using an alcohol-based wipe ($5.99 for 20)," Hartmann says. “There are other antibacterials out there but I think those have a stronger potential to lead to antibiotic resistance.”
But if you can't get your hands on any of those products at the moment, some water-resistant cellphones can be washed with soap and water. "I haven’t personally tested this. If you have an extra phone on hand, this might be a good time to do the experiment and see if it still works afterward."