What is the safest way to disinfect an iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by FatPuppy, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    Or even an ipad without damaging the coating.
  2. dryice589 macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2012
    My wife is a nurse and has been wiping her phone down everyday with 70% alcohol. I was worried at first, but after two years I do not notice any adverse effects.
  3. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013

    I use the same. Gently wipe with a clean cloth damp with 70% Isopropyl alcohol.

    Kills most harmful bacteria and viruses, yet evaporates leaving little to no residue.
  4. erzhik macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2010
  5. freeskier93, Oct 12, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2014

    freeskier93 macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    Isopropyl is safe for electronics, it's what we use to squirt down PCBs to remove flux and other oils. Not sure what it will do to the oleophobic coating though.
  6. avalys macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2004
    An autoclave should take care of it nicely.

    Wait: did you mean safe for you, or for the phone?
  7. freeskier93 macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    Putting your phone in an autoclave would be a very bad idea...
  8. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2011
    Actually alcohol does not kill bacteria. Studies have shown that certain bacteria, including harmful ones, can survive and even thrive in isopropyl alcohol up to 95%. It is mainly used to clear away and dissolve debris.
  9. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    70% Isopropyl is more effective than 95%. Water is needed to get the alcohol to move into the bacteria.

    No one chemical will kill everything, but isopropyl will disinfect enough IMO.
  10. FatPuppy thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    For the phone
  11. bandrews macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    Unless you have some hideous immuno-deficiency disease, ust get over it. OCD people who disinfect everything are helping add to the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Let your immune system deal with it.
  12. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
  13. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    You should not use any chemical on the screen. You'll take off the oleophobic coating.

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  14. Daniel3102 macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2014
    I just put my iPhone in the dishwasher every now and then :D :p ;)
  15. pullfocus macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2009
    LA, CA
    Don't bother. The iPhone comes with Ebola pre-installed.
  16. iososx macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2014
    I've done the same for years, works perfectly.
  17. ashenfang macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    5 minutes under a uv-c lamp. Kills 99.9% of everything. Can get them at cvs or Amazon.
  18. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    Works on all iOS devices too!
  19. dopeman macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2014
  20. HarryWild macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2012
    If you just purchased it then:

    Give it back to Apple within the 14 day purchase! LOL!


    Then buy a new one in a few days or few hours afterwards.

    New is safest was to disinfect an iPhone! Easiest too!
  21. wtnon6pls Suspended


    Sep 19, 2014
    I suck, because I pre-ordered from T-Mobile!
    Yeah iso alcohol works great. I would even suggest a soft bristle brush with a soapy foam to clean out any cavities if you want to get the crud out of those hard to get places.
  22. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Water is the chemical substance and I doubt it will take the oleophobic coating off.
  23. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013

    No, it's over-prescription of antibiotics that is causing bacterial resistance. A quick wipe-down with alcohol will not cause bacteria to evolve resistance to first and second line antibiotics. The mechanism of action is different.

    I think that scrubbing and abrasion degrades the coating. A gentle wipe down with a clean cloth should be safe.

    I use a screen protector, so it's a bit of a moot point for me.
  24. bandrews macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    OK, so saying they become resistant to antibiotics was an error. But over use of disinfectants will lead to bacteria becoming resistant to antimicrobial agents. Which, if you exchange "antibiotics" for "antibacterials" the method of bacteria becoming resistant is the same.

    Just for a brief example: Disinfecting Wipes May Spread, Not Kill, Germs

    Disinfectants Cause Some Bacteria to Adapt, Thrive

    You aren't going to catch Anthrax from not sanitizing your phone. Within minutes it will be just as dirty again. Just get on with life and let your body deal with it. I'm a farmer and have lost count of how many times my face has been splattered with cow ****. Haven't had a day off work sick for 7 years (when I tore a ligament in my foot).
  25. Retired Cat, Oct 13, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2014

    Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    What is the safest way to disinfect an iphone?

    Again, alcohol is different than other disinfectants.

    Alcohol damages the proteins in bacteria cell walls, which causes collapse and death. It attacks the fundamental chemistry of what makes a bacteria a bacteria. Bacteria can't evolve out of it any more than people can genetically evolve out of being killed by poison gas.

    People drank booze for centuries because the alcohol content made it much safer than water, at least until modern sanitation techniques eliminated most bacteria in water supplies of industrialized nations. After all those countless centuries, bacteria can still easily be killed by alcohol. There are exceptions… spores can escape.

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