KEY POINTS
  • You might be washing your hands a lot, but you should also keep your phone clean.
  • If you have a water-resistant phone, you can clean it with soapy water.
  • You can also put a cheap screen protector on top of the phone and wipe that down with bleach wipes.

The World Health Organization has plenty of details on how you should properly wash your hands to protect yourself against infection and to prevent the spread of flu and coronavirus. But if we wash our hands and then suddenly switch back to our phone, we're exposing ourselves to germs all over again.

Several studies, including one published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine in 2017, have suggested phones can contain lots of germs. So if you're washing your hands, you should probably also keep your phone clean.