How to Clean and Disinfect a Phone, iPod, iPad or Other Touch Screen Device

Phones and other devices with touch screens have germs. We all know that. But, how many exactly?

Well, it’s been said that touch screens have 18 times the germs that the flush handle in a men’s restroom has.

One word….Eeew!!

Although those germs can’t be eliminated from our lives, we can certainly try to reduce them. Especially now that the cold season is upon us! So, today I’m going to share with you my favorite way to clean and disinfect small electronic devices. *First, let me warn you that this is just how I clean mine. I’ve never read this anywhere but I clean my phones regularly and have never ruined any touch screen devices. But I must still say, try at your own risk!

iPhone 4 Bumper + Universal Dock w/ DIY Adapter

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How to Clean and Disinfect a Phone, iPod, iPad or Other Touch Screen Device

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Wet a cotton ball or Q-tip with rubbing alcohol until damp (not soaking).
  3. Wipe the device with the damp cotton ball.
  4. Let air dry.

The rubbing alcohol works so great because it acts as a disinfectant by eliminating the germs. Plus, it evaporates so excess moisture isn’t left on your phone. It’s worked perfectly for me!

How do you clean your cell phones and other touch screen devices?



  1. Bobbi says

    I discovered quite accidentally that hand sanitizer does an excellent jog of cleaning my phone! I haven’t used it on my ipod touch yet but for the phone, it rocks!

  2. April says

    I use baby wipes on my iPhone and iPad. Both of them have plastic screen protectors, and the baby wipes do a great job of cleaning without loosening the protector, or causing damage to the phone.

  3. says

    Great tip! I just passed this on to my husband (our resident iPhone doctor) and I think he’ll give it a try today. My phone is seriously gross right now, so your timing is perfect.

  4. Angie says

    I use a well-wrung-out Clorox wipe for my cell phone and computer keys. I don’t have an ipod so I’m not sure about that! ☺ btw that’s about the ONLY thing I use those wipes for

  5. drako says

    very very helpful i droped my ipod in a muck of sticky urine in the public bathroom and it was excruciatingly disgusting

  6. Paula Satterfield says

    I use alcohol to clean off light switches door knobs phones chrome in the kitchen and Clorox wipes for any public phones I may use. I keep those in my purse.

  7. Hank says

    I use isopropyl alcohol on my iphone 5 for a year. Apple engineers have told me that clear covers peel the surfactant out quickly and just recommend using the iphone bare.

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