Other Fungus and mold

TheBrokenBee

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So I had stored my iphone 6 in a wooden cupboard next to a leather watch case. Due to humidity, the leather watch case developed some mold over it as well as some parts of the inner cupboard. I dont see anything on the phone though.

Is it safe to use the phone? Is it possible for fungus and mold to grow inside the phone? As far as I understand it takes some organic material for them to thrive. The phone is completely dry.
 

willmtaylor

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So I had stored my iphone 6 in a wooden cupboard next to a leather watch case. Due to humidity, the leather watch case developed some mold over it as well as some parts of the inner cupboard. I dont see anything on the phone though.

Is it safe to use the phone? Is it possible for fungus and mold to grow inside the phone? As far as I understand it takes some organic material for them to thrive. The phone is completely dry.
...but Apples are organic, no? :D
 

noobinator

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I can't see how it wouldn't be safe, but if moisture / mold got up in your phone it might die after using it. But what's the alternative? Rice? lol
 

willmtaylor

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I would swab with alcohol. There’s also a product called phone soap that will get rid of germs. It’s not really soap, but an ultraviolet light accessory.
I've seen that several times and wondered both if it worked and if it was worth it (with thousands of germs all over everything else we own).
 

teeshot44

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Mold requires organic matter for food, moisture, warmth and oxygen. If it was in an organic case of some sort (leather), then pitch the case. Wipe the phone off with an alcohol lens wipe.
 

ftaok

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I would swab with alcohol. There’s also a product called phone soap that will get rid of germs. It’s not really soap, but an ultraviolet light accessory.
One could also leave their iPhone out in the sun to soak up some free UV. I guess just make sure it's safe from anyone wanting a free iphone.

to the OP, I wouldn't worry too much about mold/mildew on the iPhone as there's really nothing on the iPhone for the stuff to eat.

Germs, OTOH would be a bigger issue, but wiping with a disinfectant wipe (one that's not too harsh on the oleophobic coating) will kill any germs. Actually, a moist cloth (with water) will probably do the trick. A microbiologist told me once that the mechanical action of rubbing will remove more germs than just spritzing the surface with alcohol. We weren't talking about a phone, however, so YMMV.