As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, health authorities are stressing the need to wash our hands regularly – but what about other items like phones, bags, and clothes? How should we be treating them to ensure they are not carrying any infection? For the time being, we cannot be too careful. Here are some easy tips to cleanse and disinfect your prized possessions. Smartphone View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lifestyle Collective (@lifestyle_collectiv) on Jun 6, 2018 at 10:34pm PDT Prepare a mixture of distilled water and 70 per cent isopropyl alcohol and spray it on a cloth to clean your phone screen. Another alternative is to use disinfectant wipes that have the same solution. For smaller areas such as the space around the camera lens, attachment ports or buttons, use a dry cotton swab or wooden toothpick to clean any build-up. Handbags and leather purses Like smartphones, use disinfectant wipes to remove dirt on the exterior. Apply a pea-sized amount of hand sanitising gel to the surface with a cotton or tissue. Make sure to wipe the bottom and the handles, and let it dry in a cold place. Why gin and vodka distilleries have started to make hand sanitisers Inside, remove dust particles with a soft brush. Also take note of the bag’s hardware. Some are embellished and adorned with metals like palladium or gold, which can be cleaned with a brush and dried with a soft cloth. You can also opt to use a leather conditioner to repair and prevent scratches and cracks on your bag. Footwear Dip a clean towel into a mixture of mild antibacterial liquid soap and warm water and gently scrub the dampened part on the surface. Then, wipe the soap residue with a paper towel and rinse with warm water. Hailey Bieber follows the blood type diet – can it improve your work out? In extreme cases, you can disinfect by soaking your shoes in a large bowl of rubbing alcohol to kill bacteria. Shoes made with sensitive materials should be rinsed gently. To disinfect the insides, use water mixed with bleach. There are no issues with white shoes, but for non-whites, spray the bleach carefully to avoid any bleach stains. Clothes and garments Read the clothing’s label and follow the instructions. For example, if it says “dry clean only” it is recommended to bring the item to a laundry shop. Which celebrities are helping in the fight against coronavirus? Delicate and expensive clothes are usually hand washed to preserve the material and fabric. Mix mild detergent (best used for delicates) with lukewarm water, and submerge the clothing items in a clean sink or basin. Hand wash for five minutes. For slightly soiled delicates, two to three minutes is all you need. It is also suggested to air-dry instead of using a hot dryer as it can cause damage and creasing. Watches View this post on Instagram Time to unwrap your first gift of the new year. #CartierTank #CelebratewithCartier And with Cartier Care, register your timepiece to enjoy an extension of the Cartier International Limited Warranty for up to 8 years. Tap the link in the bio to discover more extraordinary gifts. SOUND ON A post shared by Cartier Official (@cartier) on Dec 28, 2019 at 7:59am PST To sanitise a watch’s face and band, dip a chamois cloth or a soft-bristled toothbrush into a mixture of warm water and dial dish soap and gently scrub the face’s surface. Leather watch bands should be wiped with a damp cloth with a disinfectant while wristbands of metal timepieces like steel, gold, and silver should be cleaned with a soft brush and soapy water. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .