How often do you clean your tech?

How often do you clean your tech?
Tech Hygiene, A new daily habit? 

Mobile phones, tablets, keyboards, and laptops have become staples in our daily life, however for many people, hygiene habits that would be common with other daily items do not follow suit with our technology. The average phone carries 10 times more germs than a public toilet seat!

A recent study from Panda notes that:

  • 24% of Americans clean their phones less than once per year!
  • 49% of Americans don't clean their devices daily even after COVID-19. 

How dirty are your devices?

Colony-forming units or CFU measure how much bacteria is in a cell. Below are the average CFU findings for common handheld devices. 

  • Keyboards: 3,543 CFU per square inch
  • Cell phones: 1,600 CFU per square inch
  • Computer mouse: 1,370 CFU per square inch
  • Remote controls: 1,047 CFU per square inch
  • Gaming controllers: 8.12 CFU per square inch

We know that the average phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. We use our devices daily and all of those germs end up on our tech. It's paramount that we practice good tech hygiene to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. How exactly do you go about cleaning your devices? 


  1. Unplug your or power down device. (If it's a phone, just turn off the screen)  
  2. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe away dust and dirt on the screen.
  3. Moisten the cloth with Screen Shine cleaner and polish again to remove skin oil, bacteria, and fingerprints. 
  4. Clean your devices daily for the ultimate clean! 

For all your devices, make Screen Shine and our microfiber cloths your partners in maintaining a cleaner, germ-free home.

Want to learn how to safely clean more devices around your home? Be sure to read our guide on how to clean every screen in your home.