How to Disinfect Mobile and Other Devices?

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Nowadays everyone seems to be in such dire need of their mobiles that we can not even think of a day without them. We all have been in our houses for a long time now, still, most of us never stopped working. Most of us have been working from home and using various electronic gadgets to stay put and updated. In such a work routine it’s genuine to get bored and frustrated. So, when my cousin insisted that I visit her for an hour or so I couldn’t say NO to my cousin. Last week, she insisted on coming over for an hour only as she lives just across a few streets from my residence.

When I visited, I saw her doing something on her phone. I asked her “what are you doing? ” She said, “I am disinfecting my mobile”. I was surprised to hear her. She told me how she disinfects mobile, Laptop, iPad, and headphones once every 15 days. I wanted to know more from her about this but as I had few pre-planned events for that day, I had to be back early.

After I came back from her house, I couldn’t take my mind off of the concept of disinfecting mobiles and other devices. So after completing my evening tasks, I talked to one of my friends who works in a Digital Store. What my friend told me was not much science but I still seem to be surprised with the facts of how to disinfect Mobiles, Laptops, Computers and headphones.

He told me that though the practice of disinfecting the mobiles and other devices is prescribed because of this Pandemic it has become a necessity.

He told me how to sanitize the phone and laptop we use.

Disinfecting Mobile is very important nowadays because it has become an inseparable entity of our lifestyle. Wherever we go Mobiles tend to be with us. There is a high risk of exposing mobiles to infection and they can be a very easy movable carrier too.

When I got affected by the seriousness of the issue I figured out a few solutions to this problem. I was feeling overwhelmed with all the information I got on how to disinfect phones and laptops and wanted to share it with all. Let’s learn how to disinfect mobile and other devices.

How to Disinfect cell phone and Tablets:

Step 1: First you need a phone disinfectant spray to clean it well.

Step 2: Always ensure that your device is powered off and unplugged before disinfecting it.

Step 3: Dampen a microfiber cloth with the spray, avoid drenching the cloth.

Step 4: Avoiding all the openings, wipe the screen.

Step 5: Let the spray settle for the time given on the packaging.

Step 6: Wipe your screen with a dry and fresh microfiber cloth.

Disinfecting iPads and Tablets Cover:

Step 1: Carefully separate your device from the cover.

Step 2: Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water

Step 3: Dampen a cloth in it, do not drench the cloth.

Step 4: Wipe the cover down and keep rinsing the cloth until it runs clean.

Step 5: Now wring it out to make it damp.

Step 6: Wipe the cover to remove the soapy residue and leave it to air-dry overnight.

Note: Make sure the cover is completely dry before re-inserting your tablet or iPad.

Disinfecting your computers and laptops

As these are heavy power devices, ensure that you turn off the main power and unplug your machine. For computers, it’s necessary to unplug the monitor, keyboard, and mouse individually. For laptops, if there’s an option, remove the batteries before you start cleaning the laptop’s screen. If not, cover the battery area with a plastic sheet.

Step 1: Wipe off the stains from the monitor. Also, dust the space with a microfiber cloth.

Step 2: If it still seems dirty then you can use a diluted solution of dish soap made with warm water.

Step 3: Use a microfiber cloth to clean and wring it in the solution thoroughly so that liquid doesn’t drip down through the keyboard keys.

Step 4: At last wipe the display with a dampened cloth.

Disinfecting computer keyboard:

Step 1: To start with, if you have a wired keyboard you need to unplug it from the power source. For the cordless keyboard one can just remove the batteries.

Step 2:  Spray canned air on the keyboard to remove any leftovers or dust.

Step 3: Take some alcohol and dab a cotton swab in it. Do not drench the swab, as you would not want any moisture to sweep in between the keys.

Step 4: Clean each key using a light circular motion. Be cautious and test the alcohol before using it to ensure that it doesn’t rub off any lettering from the keys.

Step 5: Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the keys dry. Do not replace batteries or plug in the keyboard until it is dry.

After knowing about so many amazing facts on how to disinfect cell phones and other devices, I feel fanatic about my gadgets now. I wish to spread that kind of awareness among everyone. People who continuously work hard to perform outstandingly also need to maintain the hygiene of their gadgets. This is the era of smart devices. So be a smart user and save yourselves from endangering situations. Disinfecting the devices also helps in preventing infection exposure. To stay uninfected, we all need to learn how to disinfect mobiles and other devices at equal intervals.

FAQs

Q1. Is it necessary to use disinfectant spray for cleaning mobiles?

A1. Not necessarily, you can make a diluted solution using a few drops of dish soap and warm water. But a disinfectant spray consists of alcohol and thus is recommended more often than any other homemade solution.

Q 2. Can I use plain water to clean my mobile’s screen?

A2. Do not use water as the display might get damaged and the screen can get scratches once you clean it with rogue cloth and water. Additionally, water doesn’t work as a disinfectant either.

Q3. My laptop battery is removable. Is it ok if I clean it with the battery attached?

A3. We strongly suggest removing the batteries before disinfecting the laptop as it can be hazardous.

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