Why is it important to maintain phone hygiene?
Even though we do not carry around toilet seats all day long, we carry around something 10 times dirtier than them. Our phones. There are 17,032 germs per square inch on a phone. Some of which can lead to health problems. We can’t wash our phones like we wash our hands, as that may damage our device. With a Catalyst Waterproof Case on, you can clean your Apple device with soap and water as you wash your hands. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5466825/)
To protect yourself from getting COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces like your phone daily. They recommend that you clean using a detergent or soap and water and disinfect using an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Our cases can be disinfected using an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol, such as 70% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.
How can you wash your Apple Device with a Catalyst Waterproof Case?
If you are using and maintaining your Catalyst waterproof case on your Apple device, you’ll be able to wash it with water and soap just as easily as you wash your hands. Just follow these simple steps:
Before installing the waterproof case, clean your Apple device following Apple's guidelines. Make sure to avoid excessive wiping, don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents and don't get moisture into any openings. This will also remove fingerprints and dirt that may be on your device.
- Install the Catalyst waterproof case to your Apple device (i.e., iPhone, iPad, AirPods or Apple Watch) by following the instructions
- Ensure all seals and plugs are tightly secured
- Rinse under running water
- Apply soap and wash thoroughly using your hands
- Rinse again
- Dry off using a soft non-abrasive cloth
- After cleaning the case, disinfect it using an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol, such as 70% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Is it OK to use a disinfectant on my Catalyst waterproof case?
Using a 70 isopropyl alcohol wipe, 70% ethyl alcohol wipe, or a 70% alcohol solution or spray with a clean lint-free microfibre cloth, you may gently wipe the surfaces of your Catalyst case for at least one minute. Ensure all seals and plugs are tightly secured.
Will washing the Catalyst Waterproof Case damage the case?
No, you will not damage the Catalyst iPhone Waterproof Case by washing your phone case with soap and water, or with an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol, such as 70% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Is soap and water effective against coronaviruses and bacteria?
According to the CDC, you can clean and disinfect surfaces against germs and viruses:
Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
“So why does soap work so well on the Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus and indeed most viruses? The short story: because the virus is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and dies – or rather, we should say it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands.”
“A drop of ordinary soap diluted in water is sufficient to rupture and kill many types of bacteria and viruses, including the new coronavirus that is currently circling the globe.” (NY Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/health/soap-coronavirus-handwashing-germs.html)
A recent study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection showed that human coronaviruses (SARS, MERS or endemic human coronaviruses) could be efficiently inactivated using surface disinfection procedures using 62–71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute. https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(20)30046-3/fulltext
Since the SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus, it is difficult to get samples for testing. While this study does not show test results for SARS-CoV-2 specifically, it does show which commonly used disinfectants are effective against human coronaviruses. In addition, the EPA has provided a list of disinfectants that are effective against harder-to-kill viruses, that have also been proven to work against another human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2, and have been approved by the EPA for an emerging viral pathogens claim. https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
Apple devices such as the iPhone are water-resistant, why can’t I just wash my iPhone with soap?
When advising on how to clean iPhones, Apple warns against getting “...moisture into any openings”, “Don’t use cleaning products”. https://support.apple.com/en-hk/HT207123
Indeed, if we look at the Technical Specifications of the iPhone 11, it clearly states that ”iPhone 11 is splash, water, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.” https://www.apple.com/iphone-11/specs/#footnote-4
Can’t I just get a UV smartphone sanitizer?
UV smartphone sanitizers are not as convenient to carry around and our Waterproof cases can be more than 10 times lighter than some UV smartphone sanitizers. You may not have the UV smartphone sanitizer handy at all times, but your waterproof case will always be on your device.
Most germicidal UV devices use UV-C light for disinfection, which may also cause damage to individuals and/or materials including plastics, rubbers & glass of electronic devices and/or their cases. The effectiveness of UV to disinfect against coronaviruses depends upon the distance and time of to ensure enough exposure time to UV light to be effective, which are unclear and may also depend upon the lamp intensity, temperature & humidity.