The No. 1 Thing You're Definitely Not Cleaning Every Day But Should Be

COVID-19 may have turned us into a nation of germaphobes, but you may still be over looking this item.

The coronavirus pandemic has understandably turned us into a nation of germophobes. Regularly disinfecting household items has become a daily ritual in an attempt to avoid the deadly COVID-19 contagion. But there is one item that many of us are overlooking in our disinfecting routines: our smartphones.

While you may be wiping down your doorknobs and light switches, regularly washing your hands, and refraining from touching your face, you are probably flouting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines when it comes to your smartphone.

Think about it. You are likely regularly checking your phone for social media updates, texts, and email—even while waiting in line at a germ-filled spot like a grocery store. Chances are high you are constantly handling your phone and worse, when you go to make a call, you bring it to your face!

Whatever germs have been on your hands, your gloves (if you're wearing them), or on the surface where you've placed your phone are now brought directly to your face. And that's the primary reason you should regularly be disinfecting your phone.

So how can you best keep your phone clean and germ-free without ruining it? A light wiping with any sort of disinfectant should do the trick. As is the case with any electronics, please be careful with moisture or you risk damaging your device. Yes, many phones are water-resistant, but that does not mean that they are waterproof! So stay away from soap and water, a solution better reserved for your hands. Matt McCormick, founder of Jet City Device Repair, previously told Best Life that water getting into your charging port can "cause corrosion and all kinds of problems."

Instead, go with a disinfecting wipe or a paper towel or microfiber cloth that has been sprayed with your disinfectant of choice should. "You should ensure the wipes have a relatively high concentration of alcohol, as this ensures any viruses that are lurking around on your phone can be effectively killed," Thomas Bradbury, technical director at GetSongKey, previously told Best Life. And if you're looking for a fast-acting disinfecting solution, check out 5 Disinfectants That Kill Coronavirus in 30 Seconds or Less.

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