An ear thermometer can help you out a lot, but you might be wondering how to clean digital ear thermometer at home. Well, it’s not difficult to do. There are only six steps that you should follow to do it properly, and we’ve laid them all out in this blog post.
Why Should You Clean Your ThermoPro Ear Thermometer?
You may have never thought about it before, but it is necessary to clean your ThermoPro ear thermometer after each use.
This is for a couple of reasons:
Every time you place the ear thermometer into your ear, earwax and bacteria rub off onto the thermometer. If you don’t clean it off thoroughly, you’ll insert that earwax and bacteria into your ear the next time you use it. That can make your ear unhealthy, and it can even lead to ear infections.
If you share the thermometer with other people in your family, those issues can affect everyone. So, it’s best to clean the thermometer for other people’s sake, too.
The thermometer will also have trouble getting an accurate reading of your temperature if you don’t clean it. Earwax and dirt will build a film across the sensor, and that can impede the thermometer’s reading abilities.
6 Steps To Clean ThermoPro Ear Thermometer
Here are six steps that you should follow to properly clean your ThermoPro ear thermometer.
Moisten A Swab
To begin, you’ll want to get a cotton swab moistened with rubbing alcohol. You can purchase digital ear thermometer sanitizer, but 99-percent rubbing alcohol will work just fine.
Clean The Lens And Probe
Once you’ve thoroughly moistened the swab, use it to gently scrub the lens of the thermometer. Don’t apply too much pressure during this step. Then, you can gently clean the probe.
Clean The Surface
After you’ve thoroughly cleaned the lens and the probe, you can move onto cleaning the surface around the probe with a clean cotton swab.
You don’t have to rub as gently during this step, but you should get a new cotton swab if the first one becomes too dirty from cleaning the lens and the probe.
Clean The Body
The body of the thermometer is the easiest to clean. All you have to do is wipe it down with a dry cloth. Try to use a cloth that is very soft to avoid scratching the body of the thermometer.
Clean Any Accessories
If your ThermoPro thermometer has any special accessories, you should clean them after each use, and you should clean them regularly if they’re stored for a long time. You can clean them the same way you cleaned the lens and probe of the thermometer. Just use a cotton swab moistened with rubbing alcohol.
Let The Alcohol Dry Completely
After you’ve finished cleaning the different parts of your ThermoPro ear thermometer, all you have to do is allow the alcohol to dry. A 99-percent ethyl alcohol version will dry on its own very quickly. Just let it sit out in the open for a few minutes.
This isn’t really a cleaning step, but you should keep your clean ear thermometer in a clean and dry place. It should also be stored at room temperature.
ThermoPro Ear Thermometer Care Tips
Here are a few tips to help you care for your new ThermoPro ear thermometer.
Clean Your Ears Before Use
If you take the time to clean your ears before each use, it’ll make cleaning the thermometer easier when you’re done. It’ll also help you get a more accurate reading. Earwax stuck in your ear can prevent your thermometer from reading a precise temperature, and the reading can be off by several degrees.
Never Clean With Extreme Heat
You never want to boil or microwave your ThermoPro thermometer to sterilize it. ThermoPro thermometers have batteries inside of them that can become damaged by high amounts of heat, and their plastic parts can easily melt.
Do Not Use Steam Cleaning
Steam can cause the same forms of damage as boiling or microwaving your ThermoPro, and it can also cause water damage as the steam cools and settles within its casing. Do not steam your ThermoPro.
Store In A Clean Dry Place At Room Temperature
Storing your ThermoPro in a clean and dry area is very important. If you store it in an unclean area, the bacteria and germs in the area will move onto your ThermoPro, and you can get sick when you use it.
Also, extreme temperatures can damage the ThermoPro, but we’ll cover that later on.
Always Store With The Cap On
Always keep the cap on your ThermoPro when it’s not in use. The cap helps prevent bacteria from living on its surface, and it prevents dust build up.
Do Not Leave It In The Sun Or In The Freezer
Extreme temperatures can cause the batteries in your ThermoPro to leak, and they can permanently affect the sensors inside of the ThermoPro. The ThermoPro should be stored at room temperature, and it should be kept out of sunlight.
Clean It Regularly
Even if you don’t use it, you should clean your ThermoPro regularly. Its cap helps protect it, but dust and bacteria can still get on the probe over time. To prevent that, you must clean it regularly, and you should clean it after each use.
If you didn’t know how to clean ear thermometer at home, you do now. The steps are easy to follow, and a few minutes of cleaning can keep you from having dirty or infected ears.
Make sure you follow our list of things to avoid, too. They’ll help you keep your ThermoPro running smoothly for years to come.