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Feature Article How Clean Is Your Cell Phone? How to Keep Germs from Calling

Cell phones are germ magnets, and it’s obvious as to why: they are in our hands, in our faces and traveling places that may not be sanitary — such as public restrooms. A recent Stanford University study found that cell phones are 18 times dirtier than a toilet handle.

How do you keep your cell phone clean? Start by avoiding bathroom chats. Then, consider the following possible solutions:

Clean your cell phone regularly with a damp, lint-free cloth, which might eliminate bacteria though some experts say it does little more than rub the bacteria around.

Fast-drying cleaners specifically made for mobile devices are available, such as alcohol-based Wireless Wipes. Note that alcohol does not kill all viruses.

Devices using UV-C light claim to kill germs in 30 seconds. UV-C is part of the ultraviolet light spectrum. The “C” stands for the particular frequency of UV light that kills up to 99.9 percent of germs. PhoneSoap is an example of this type of device.