Due to the rise in the need for sanitization and disinfection of, well, everything we thought it makes sense to do a short guide on how to properly disinfect your mobile phone and accessories. Whether its because of COVID-19, your profession, a spill, or just your general aversion to bacteria and grime this guide will help you with the essentials for deep cleaning your phone and accessories.

What you will need:

  • A microfiber cloth - this is important because other cloths can scratch your phone
  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol - don't go higher or lower, higher you may damage your phone, lower you will not kill everything
  • A bowl
  • Dish Soap
  • Distilled Water
  • Q-tip
  • Paper Clip or Tooth Pick


Never use the following to clean your phone.

  • Window cleaner or household cleaners
  • Compressed air
  • Aerosol spray cleaners
  • Solvents (acetone, benzene, toulene)
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Abrasive powders
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Disinfect & clean your mobile phone

1. Unplug and turn off your phone

2. Remove your phone case if you have one

3. Mix distilled water and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol

Mix these together in a 1 to 1 ratio in a spray bottle. Distilled water is especially important if you live in an area with hard water. Minerals in non-distilled hard water can scratch your screen. Shake the bottle to mix it well.

4. Spray your microfiber cloth

Spray your cloth not the phone. Do not over-wet the cloth.

5. Wipe down your phone front and back

6. Use a Q-Tip & tooth pic or paperclip to clean the smaller areas

Clean the smaller areas with a quick spray of the cleaning solution on a Q-Tip. Use a toothpick or a paper clip to clean lint out of your headphone jack and charging port.

7. Allow the phone to air dry for 15 Minutes

Complete these cleaning steps on a weekly basis to keep your phone relatively germ-free.

Clean your mobile phone case

To truly disinfect and clean your phone you must also clean your phone's case. Depending on the material of your case there are a few different cleaning methods.

  • Silicon Cases - these can be cleaned by completely submerging in a bowl filled with warm water and dish soap. Gently wash with a cloth around textured edges, rinse and dry completely before re-inserting your phone.
  • Hard Plastic Cases - Wipe down the case with your distilled water and alcohol solution. Use a cloth or Q-Tip dipped in the cleaning solution for more intricate areas.
  • Leather Cases - clean with saddle soap, a special cleaning solution formulated for leather that also includes leather conditioner.

Clean your mobile phone earbuds or earpods

Spray a mist of your disinfectant solution on your earbuds, use a Q-Tip lightly sprayed to clean out smaller areas.