How to Clean a Cell Phone

Not only do germs accumulate on our phones from talking, but we eat while we’re on it too. Make-up and oils from our ears and faces build up, as do germs from our hands and pockets! Yeach! But – with some simple cleaning, your phone will not only look sharper, it will be healthier to use as well.

What You Will Need:

  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft cloths (lint free work best)
  • Soft bristled brush
  • Cotton swabs
  • Small dish
  • Window cleaner

The Cleaning Process:

  1. Begin by using a disinfectant wipe or soft cloth dampened slightly with rubbing alcohol to remove any build-up from the face of the phone. This is the part that touches your face constantly so be diligent to remove all sweat and make-up grime.
  2. Wipe the outer shell with a second disinfectant wipe or cloth dampened with alcohol.
  3. Place a small amount of alcohol in the small dish. Dip the soft bristled brush or cotton swab into the alcohol and shake or squeeze to remove any excess liquid. Rub in between the keys and tighter areas to gently remove any dirt that the cloth was unable to reach.
  4. If your phone is older and has plastic casing around the numbers, spray a cloth with window cleaner and use that to wipe it clean.
  5. Use a very slightly damp cotton swab to gently clean AROUND the charger connection. You want to avoid getting liquids inside, but you’ll be surprised how much dirt accumulates around this area.
  6. Allow your phone to dry thoroughly and it’s ready for use!

Additional Tips and Advice:

  • Avoid spraying any cleaners directly onto your cell phone as the excess moisture could damage it. Always spray the cleaner onto a soft cloth first.
  • There are also cloths designed for cleaning phones – but any disinfecting wipe should do the trick.
  • Be careful not to allow any type of liquid to get behind the battery as this will impair the functioning of the phone.


  1. Jane says:

    The best idea is to turn the phone off, and remove the battery before doing any of the cleaning, then let the phone dry for a few minutes before putting the battery back in.

  2. Haider says:

    You are wrong. I once melted a chocolate bar onto my cell phone by carrying them both in the same pocket on a hot day. I submerged the phone (without the battery) in water and scrubbed it with a brush. After drying thoroughly, I now have a clean perfectly functioning phone. Try it!

  3. Joshua says:

    Thank you guys, this method works great. After my cellphone got stained with sweat, I cleaned it using this method and now I got a perfectly clean cellphone.

  4. J says:

    @Hairer – not recommended if you want to preserve the warranty of your phone.

  5. Layla says:

    I’ve seen a lot of places that do not recommend using any harsh chemicals or alcohols because it can start to peel and wear at the UV layer on touch screens. When I purchased my tablet at Best Buy, an employee recommended “Mobile Clean & Go” products. It was a fairly good price, so I purchased an offer pack and it works really nice. I got one for my son for his PSP too.

  6. Allan says:

    Really, a chocolate bar and then submerged the phone. I’ll try it if you’re paying for the new phone.

  7. Maram says:

    Definitely, it is not true because chocolate contains a lot of butter and it could not be removed by just water and brushing, even if it was totally submerged in a huge amount of water and for a long time!!! To clean it, really, you need warm water with a detergent and this will say goodbye for your cell phone!

  8. Emre says:

    I’m going to explain my method for cleaning melted chocolate from a charger connection.
    After taking the battery off, I increased the temperature by hair dryer. Then, I washed the hole with water and I vacuumed it with my mouth. It really works because I tasted the chocolate.
    Repeat this 4-5 times. And dry the hole by hair dryer.

  9. Rose says:

    I have a white matte finish back cover on my phone. I used a silicone cover and after four months, the white color became brown. Any ideas how to remove it?

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