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Speakers, case, earpiece, and face: How to disinfect a phone

As one of our most-used items, our phones can build up a lot of dirt and germs. Here you’ll find all the tips and tricks to learn how to clean and disinfect it. From how to clean phone screens to how to remove dust from phone earpieces.


By Cleanipedia Team

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From calls to work to social media, we all use our mobile phones on a regular basis – and that means they can be a breeding ground for germs. To help you answer the pressing question of “how to clean my phone”, we’ll offer tips and tricks for each part of the handset: from the screen and case to speakers and other problematic areas. We’ll even explain how to disinfect a mobile phone to help combat nasty germs.

Key steps:

Things to remember for how to disinfect your phone:

  • Wipe the screen with a microfiber cloth.

  • Use a disinfectant wipe to remove germs.

  • Gently brush dirt from the speaker with a soft toothbrush.

  • Wash the case with washing-up liquid and water.

  • For stubborn case stains use a baking soda paste.

How to clean your phone: Our ultimate step-by-step guide


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With the following simple guide, we’ll show you how to disinfect a mobile phone screen in just 5 easy steps with some additional helpful tips thrown in too!

What you need:

  • Two clean, dry microfiber cloths

  • Disinfectant wipes (use ones for phones)

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Whilst baking soda is great for learning how to clean mobile phone cases, avoid using it for phones as it is abrasive and could damage your smart screen.

How to disinfect phone screen:

  1. First, remove your phone case.

  2. Using a clean, soft, microfiber cloth, gently wipe the exterior of your phone including the screen. This will help to lift germs away from the screen due to the friction between the cloth and the glass.

  3. Next, use a specialist disinfectant wipe to neutralise any leftover germs. Take care to not oversaturate your screen. If there is excess moisture, ensure you wring the wipe out first.

  4. Allow your smart phone to air dry for a minimum of 5 minutes.

  5. Using a clean, dry microfiber cloth wipe away any leftover moisture.

  6. Some important things to remember, include: Don’t submerge your phone as liquid in the ports can cause irreparable damage. Avoid abrasive materials such as towels because they could leave scratches on your screen. And always allow your phone to air dry.

For more in-depth cleaning instructions for how to clean iPhone screen and other specialist advice, check out our guide for how to disinfect an iPhone.

How to clean a phone speaker in four easy steps

Here’s a super simply step guide for how you can clean your smartphone speaker in just four simple steps.

What you need:

  • A clean towel

  • Soft bristle toothbrush

  • White paper

How to clean a phone speaker

  1. To begin, always ensure you wash your hands. This will help you to avoid the transfer of any grease or dirt to your phone during the cleaning process. Once you have washed them, make sure you dry them thoroughly using a clean towel.

  2. Now, it’s time to begin cleaning! Using a soft-bristle toothbrush gently brush out the speak port. Always use a clean, unused toothbrush. For the softest toothbrush, we recommend using children’s toothbrushes as they tend to be softer than adult ones. Do not to push down too hard or insert the bristles too far as this can cause damage.   

  3. Once you have loosened any crumbs, dirt and grime, tip your mobile phone over and give it a very gentle shake to help remove the pieces. Always take care when shaking your phone as you don’t want to damage it or drop it by accident. Fancy seeing what you’ve cleaned out? Tip the dirt onto a white piece of paper.

  4. If you can still see dirt in the speaker, it may be time to ask an expert to do the cleaning. Try to avoid using compressed air or scotch tape, as these techniques risk doing more harm than good.

How to remove dust from phone earpiece

Is your earpiece sounding a little… dusty? This may sound silly but bear with us – use your hoover nozzle! Using something with a bit of suction will help extract the dust – but be extra careful with the cleanliness of the nozzle before applying to your phone.

How to clean a silicone phone case or other smartphone cases: a step-by-step guide

Once you know how to clean a phone, the last thing you want is to put it back into a dirty phone case. With this simple step-by-step guide, we’ll show how to clean a clear phone case or other smartphone cases quickly and easily.

What you need:

  • A soft-bristled brush

  • Soft, lint-free cloth

  • Warm water

  • Mild soap or washing-up liquid

  • Toothbrush

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Baking soda

  • Bleach (for white or clear cases)

How to clean and disinfect your phone case:

  1. Always start by ensuring your phone is removed from the case before cleaning.

  2. Start by removing any surface dust, dirt and grime using a soft-bristled brush.

  3. Mix a cleaning solution: 2-3 drops of washing-up liquid or mild soap and warm water

  4. Use a soft cloth dipped in your cleaning solution to wipe down the case. It may seem simple, but this is the best answer for how to clean a silicone case and other smartphone cases.

  5. Found a stain on your phone case? Dip a toothbrush in rubbing alcohol and gently scrub the stain away.

  6. For stubborn stains, make a homemade paste from baking soda and water. Cover the stain in your paste and leave the paste to sit for 2-3 hours. Use clean, plain water to rinse off the paste and leave it to air-dry.

  7. For clear or white cases which show signs of yellowing: Dilute a mixture of bleach and water and use the diluted mixture to bring the brightness back to your case.

So, there you go! You now have all the information you need for how to disinfect a phone case and every inch of your phone. With our easy steps, you now have the ultimate guide for how to sanitise phone covers, cases and more to ensure you keep germs and bacteria at bay.

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