Your smartphone is dirtier than you think! By Dawn Chen
When was the last time you cleaned your earphones, or wiped your smartphone? And when was the last time you used your earphones and smartphone? Gotcha. Our tech gadgets are often handled and utilised on a daily basis, and can be a big contributor of skin irritations and breakouts if we don’t clean them properly. Experts from Helpling, a local online cleaning platform – have compiled a list of cleaning Dos and Don’ts on how to keep your tech gadgets hygienic.
How to clean earphones
Surprise, surprise: Using your earphones for an hour can increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times. Yes, 700 times. According to Helpling, sweat and moisture collected around the earphones promote bacteria growth, and can lead to a build-up of sweat, dust, ear wax and bacteria. To clean your earphones, wipe them using a cloth dipped in soapy water. A makeup removal wipe will suffice as well. And if there are silicone detachable parts, you can use a dry brush to deep clean the metal bits. Just be gentle when doing so as you don’t want to damage your earphones in the process!
How to clean smartphones and tablets
Previous studies have found that a handphone generally harbours more bacteria than a toilet seat. Bringing your phone into the bathroom with you is just not a good idea. If you really have to, keep it safely in your pocket or your bag.
Wipe down your smartphone or tablet screens every other day, and deep clean them every other week. To disinfect, dip a cloth into a mixture of water and alcohol, or water and vinegar (just a bit will suffice), and wipe down. Use a cotton bud to get into hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. To be safe, it’s best to disinfect your device when it’s turned off. Turn it on again only after it air-dries completely.
How to clean laptops and notebooks
Laptops and notebooks have been found to contain harmful bacteria like E.Coli and staphylococcus, which can lead to illnesses like food poisoning. Clean your laptop screen the same way you clean your smartphones and tablets. Keep your keyboard dust-free by using a big, soft brush (like a makeup brush) to remove dirt between the keys.
How to clean cameras
Cameras are frequently passed around, making it an easy transit point for bacteria. To clean the camera body, wipe it with a damp cloth, but make sure you don’t use any detergent! Next, use an optic cloth to wipe the lens and clean the interior of your camera (e.g. the battery and memory card slots) with a soft brush.
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