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Gazelle’s Guide to Germ Free Cellphones
You scroll through your phone to find that recipe as you start to cook dinner…your kid comes in from the sandbox and grabs your phone to play a game…you take your phone back to answer a call from your husband… think your cellphone is pretty clean? In a 2011 University of London study researchers found that 80% of cellphones tested had more than 18 times as much harmful bacterium than what was found on the handle in a public restroom. Yum. So how do you clean the most passed around electronic device in your house? Here are a few tips from Gazelle, nation’s leading consumer electronics trade-in site.

  1. Wash your hands more often  Washing your hands regularly with soap ensures your hands stay clean and germ-free throughout the day. If a sink is not in reach, look for a basic hand sanitizer that contains alcohol. The alcohol will kill up to 99% of all bacteria on your hands. At the end of the day cleaner hands mean a cleaner phone.
  2. Clean it: wipe and scrub  Antibacterial ZAGG foam from casemaker, Zagg, helps stop the spread of unhealthy and dangerous microorganisms. Just spray this on a soft microfiber cloth and scrub your phone. Scrub gently so you avoid scratching your phone. For those on the go, check out the ZAGGwipes antibacterial screen wipes for a quick germ blast and touch-up.
  3. Sanitize it with UV light This charger works by utilizing two powerful UV-C lights with a curved reflective inner surface, which allows the light to surround your phone to ensure the destruction of any unwelcome bacterial guests. PhoneSoap Charger only takes four minutes to completely sanitize your phone, and a blue indicator on the front will let you know when the sanitizing is complete.
  4. Use an antimicrobial case First off, what does antimicrobial mean? An antimicrobial or antibiotic is an agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. An Antimicrobial case features an agent that can prevent the growth of odor and stain-causing bacteria, molds, and mildews from hitting your phone.
  5. Keep it safe  Just try to think about how many germ infested things you touch all day, and then just assume all of those things will make it to your smartphone by the end of the day. So make sure you keep your device clean and your hands clean as often as possible.
      So, what happens when your cellphone passes the point of sanitary no return; like taking a swim in the toilet?

Gazelle buys used electronics for cash, even damaged ones! More than 600,000 consumers have used Gazelle  to sell nearly one million gadgets. Gazelle  offers trade ins for everything from smartphones to laptops to e-readers… the list goes on. So whether you have a sewage-soaked smartphone or a contaminated Kindle, they’ll take it off of your hands, keep it out of the landfills and give you money in return. And that will make you happier than a pig in… well, you know.