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Tips on disinfecting your electronic devices

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 14:39:23-04

(LEX 18) — As the United States tries to keep people healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people also practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. That includes things like tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

However, there is one particular item that many people touch throughout the day, but may forget to clean: their phone.

Recently, Apple updated its cleaning recommendations. The company now says you can "gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces" using "a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes."

However, the company warns there are things that should be avoided:

  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don't get moisture into any openings.
  • Don't use aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives.
  • Don't spray cleaners directly onto the item.