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How to disinfect iPhones?

Asked by flash74686 (428 points ) October 18th, 2012

I read somewhere that you can use alcohol to disinfect cell phones, but that it’s actually a bad idea to use on cell phones because of some sort of coating they have.

I recently dropped mine in the toilet and after an uncooked-rice nap for a few days, it works fine! I just want to disinfect it before I put it up to my face. Any idea how I can do that? If you have ideas of specific products to use, that would be great.

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flash74686's avatar

**bad idea to use on iPhones

Lightlyseared's avatar

According to Apples website alcohol will degrade the oleophobic coating on the screen. However “The ability of this coating to repel oil will diminish over time with normal usage” anyway so as long as you aren’t cleaning the screen regularly with alcohol then I would think you would be OK.

skfinkel's avatar

Germs are supposed to be good for you? Just don’t lick the phone.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Was there anything in the toilet when it was dropped? If not, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. The bathroom door handle/knob probably has more germs than poop- and pee-free toilet water.

Good to know my iPhone could potentially survive a dive in the toilet. :)

flash74686's avatar

@livelaughlove21 while it would possibly survive, I wouldn’t recommend it. Way too much unneeded stress lol

livelaughlove21's avatar

@flash74686 True, dropping $300—$800 in the toilet would stress me out as well. :)

Shippy's avatar

I think I’d use a soft cloth with a little Dettol on it, then dry it. Or ask the supplier they may clean it for you? Probably have to send it away though. Might be a good idea since parts may have got damp.

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