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How to Clean Your Credit Card this COVID-19 Crisis

In today’s reality of COVID-19, physical distancing, hand hygiene and contactless transactions have been an essential part of the new normal.

A 2018 study by CreditCards.com and the University of Texas at Austin found that while credit cards were host to a lot of bacteria and other potentially harmful microbes, they were unlikely to get a normal person sick. However, according to a recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School, the coronavirus can live up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. Most credit cards are made of plastic so it’s not a bad idea to add your credit cards to your list of things to disinfect.

Here are some tips on how to clean your credit cards and minimize the spread of germs when paying for purchases, according to CNBC Select.

How to clean your credit card:

  1. Moisten a soft, microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol
  2. Gently wipe the card. Credit cards can withstand a gentle clean.
  3. Don’t use too much force to prevent the credit card from premature wear and signature smudge.
  4. Tech lovers can use a portable UV sterilizer since UV rays kill viruses and bacteria.

How to minimize germs when paying with credit cards:

When you pay with your credit card, there are a lot of hands that can come in contact with it. To reduce the spread of germs, use contactless payment.

For most people, credit cards don’t pose too much of a threat. However, as COVID-19 continues to spread exponentially, it’s understandable to want to ensure your health and safety and prevent the spread of the virus by simply cleaning your credit cards.