Your phone is basically an extension of your hand. It comes with you to the kitchen, to the bedroom, and even to the bathroom. It provides a lifeline to the outside world, which can feel increasingly necessary during long periods of social isolation. Unlike hands, however, phones rarely get sanitized (which almost defeats the purpose of trying so hard to keep your hands clean). 

Maybe you live near this guy and can’t find Clorox wipes. Maybe you don’t want to dish out $80 for this state-of-the-art phone sanitizer that uses UV light to kill germs. 

Not to worry: cleaning your phone is easier than you think it is. You can actually give your device a good wipe down using only a simple bottle of isopropyl alcohol and either a cloth or cotton pads, without damaging or scratching the screen. 

Start by unplugging your phone if it is charging and turn the power off. Then, pour some of the alcohol onto a cotton pad or soft cloth (like a cloth used to clean your glasses). Do not pour the cleaning agent directly on your phone! 

Gently wipe both the front and back of the phone, being careful to avoid the charging port and lens. You can also take the case of the phone and clean that separately. Just make sure the case is completely dry before putting it back on. 

And as always, wash your hands when you’re done.

Still not sure? Watch this gif for step-by-step instructions. 

Imagery by Peter Senzamici