You can now clean your iPhone with disinfectant wipes

Apple has said it is OK to clean your phone with disinfectant wipes.

Apple has reversed advice to never use cleaning wipes on its products, in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak.

According to the Apple website, noticed by The Wall Street Journal, you can use either disinfectant wipes containing Clorox, an American bleach brand, or wipes soaked in isopropyl alcohol.

The website reads: ‘Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces.’

The smartphone company had previously suggested that customers don’t use cleaning products, in case the touch screen’s coating that prevents fingerprints becomes damaged.

However, in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak, many customers have expressed increased interest and confusion over whether to clean their phones and keep them free of germs.

While Apple has accepted that disinfectant wipes are OK, they have also urged caution to stay away from products including ‘aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives.’

The website adds: “Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.”

Though scientists don’t know how long COVID-19 can survive outside the body or on surfaces, studies from different strains of coronavirus have found the virus can survive on plastic and glass for up to nine days.

Phones are particularly susceptible to accumulating germs, with some scientists at Arizona University finding that some phone surfaces have more than 10 times as much bacteria as toilet seats.

In accordance with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, the NHS has advised that everyone should wash their hands with soap and warm water to avoid catching viruses.

Hand sanitiser should be used if soap and water are not available.

How to safely clean your devices

  • Turn off the device you want to clean
  • Wipe down the device with a microfiber cloth before you start
  • Try not to get liquid in any of the device cavities, like headphone jacks or speakers
  • Don’t use harder wipes like kitchen towel, or you could damage the screen
  • Don’t use bleach or cleaner applied directly to the phone


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