How to clean your phone: the best germ-busting products to buy

Maisie Bovingdon
Shopping writer
A study has found mobile phones carry seven times more bacteria than a toilet seat. (Getty)

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Mobile phones harbour more bacteria than a toilet seat. It’s something we’ve all heard – but probably don’t take as seriously as we should.

The time they spend being handled means they come into contact with germs throughout the day. Plus, they pick up germs when left on tabletops and desks, when taken to the toilet, and when used at the gym and in the bath.

While some people may simply wipe their phone screen on their sleeve, others may be slightly more thorough in giving their device a good clean.

However, there are certain areas, such as the charging jack and the headphone jack, and even around the camera rim, where germs are harder to reach.

So what are the best tools to sanitise our phones to keep germs at bay?

From affordable cleaning kits and wipes to a UV light sanitiser, we’ve found the essentials for a squeaky clean phone to suit all budgets.

Shop the five best phone cleaning products

PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer and Dual Universal Cell Phone Charger | £90.25 from Amazon

PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer and Dual Universal Cell Phone Charger

The PhoneSoap 3 promises to kill 99.99% of bacteria on your mobile, because of the UVC light, combined with the reflective interior.

The gadget not only cleans phones, but also credit cards, headphones, keys and anything that will fit inside its 6.8cm by 3.74cm case.

What we love most is it not only kills the bacteria, but it also has two charging ports, so you can top up the battery life on other gadgets too.

12 Piece Cell Phone Cleaning Kit | £4.88 from Amazon

12 Piece Cell Phone Cleaning Kit

This affordable cleaning kit comes with three mini foam-tipped cleaning swabs, as well as three swab sticks, a dust cloth and two dust plugs.

The set is ideal for hard-to-reach areas as the polyurethane foam, which removes dust, oil and fingerprints, can squeeze into areas such as the charging jacks.

ProCase Screen Cleaning Pad Cloth Wipes | £8.99 from Amazon

ProCase Screen Cleaning Pad Cloth Wipes

This top-rated screen cleaner is a huge hit with customers, who have hailed it a “must-have”, because it can be used on all touchscreen devices; from phones and iPads, to MacBooks.

The reusable pad, which is made from faux suede that is scratch-resistant, works to effectively remove dust as well as fingerprints and any unwanted residue left on the screen.

Screen Wipes | £8.99 from Amazon

Screen Wipes

The ETOW Screen Wipes is great value for money for cleaning phone screens and removing stains without leaving any streaks.

Each wipe is pre-moistened with an alcohol-free, antibacterial solution, and individually wrapped, which makes them the ideal when on the go.

iKlear Cleaning Kit with Solution and Cleaning Cloth | £16.50 from Amazon

iKlear Cleaning Kit with Solution and Cleaning Cloth

The iKlear kit, which comes with an antibacterial spray and cloth, is a top-rated cleaning product that has also been recommended by Apple Tech Support.

The non-toxic cleaner removes up to 99% of germs on the surface, and has been praised as a “first-class cleaner” by shoppers.