Your phone is 18 times dirtier than your toilet: Here's how to clean it

You can't just use any old products to clean it...

How many times a day would you say you touch your phone? Even if your hands are clean, certain bacteria will reach your phone and sit on your device.

Infectious-disease expert Dubert Guerro, MD and assistant professor and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, says that bacteria and viruses can live on devices for several days. 

You may now want to dip your phone in some form of anti-bac liquid, but don't! We need to be very careful when it comes to cleaning our mobile devices, as some chemicals can damage the screen. There's a list of "dos and don'ts" users should follow. 

Apple, for example, recommends that iPhone owners simply wipe their device with a "soft, slightly damp, lint free cloth". It's worth noting, however, that this will not remove or kill bacteria. 

Using chemicals or cleaning products may damage the oleophobic coating on a device's screen, which will make the screen more prone to scrapes and scratches. 

If you want to remove as much bacteria as possible, it's possible to make up a solution to do so. We need to point out, however, that you must not put this on the screen - this is only suitable for the back of the device. 

Make up a solution that is 40% rubbing alcohol and 60% water. Rub this into the back of your device with a microfibre cloth. 

Those who wish to reduce the number of germs on their device should place a removable cover on their device. This can then be cleaned with normal cleaning products.