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Disinfecting your phone could decrease chance of catching sickness

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PHOENIX — If you’re trying to decrease your chance of getting sick, you may want to disinfect the device you carry around.

“We touch our phones on average 96 times a day,” Nicole Miller, a spokeswoman for tech care company Asurion, told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “Imagine all of the other surfaces we touch.”

Miller says there are several ways to clean your phone without damaging it and keeping it free of germs.

One way is to wipe it down daily using disinfecting wipes or lint-free microfiber cloths, the kind used to clean glasses.

For those who want a deeper clean, use water and alcohol and lightly wipe it down. Miller says to turn off your phone and remove the case when doing so.

Another high tech and quick way is to use a UV sanitizing device, which use ultraviolet light to kill 99.9% of germs in 10 minutes while charging the phone.

Miller added that there are other way to avoid having to constantly clean your phone, like putting it down.

Nearly 45% of Americans text, talk or check their phone while on the toilet, according to Asurion.

Another 60% admit to pulling out their phones at the table while out eating or drinking with others.

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