🩳 Filthy phones and the fans who use them

The guy on the radio said that our phones are 10 times more filthy than a toilet seat! I put that thing next to my face, so disgusting.

When I got home I grabbed some Clorox Wipes, as you do, and almost cleaned my pocket computer. The thought ran through my mind that I’ve paid way too much for this thing and have heard that there is some kind of protective coating on the glass that makes it resistant to fingerprints and oils. So, I did what any self respecting want to be know it all would do, hit up Google.

Turns out, Apple is cool with you disinfecting your iPhones:

Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don’t submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.

Then I found this video on The Wall Street Journal that shows how difficult it is to get that coating to wear off. I was very relieved.

As I continued on to the article after the video embed, a new question began to emerge, should I even be cleaning my phone at all?

The author of the article, Joanna Stern, interviewed multiple experts who said:

thoroughly clean your hands; don’t touch your face; don’t worry about your phone.

“My phone is the least of my concerns,” says Alex Berezow, a microbiologist and vice president at the American Council on Science and Health. “Worry about touching door handles that thousands of other people touch.”

Where does this leave us? It’s almost as maddening as the “a mask is good vs a mask is bad” debate happening in America.

I’m going to risk it. Let me clarify, I’m going to risk cleaning the phone. The coating will probably last longer than I’ll even own the phone and the benefits of a clean phone are at least comforting in crazy times like these.

Rex Barrett @rexbarrett