You're Cleaning Your Phone Wrong — Zap Those Germs With These UV Sterilizers

by Megan Hungerford
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Regardless if you are counting or singing the happy birthday song twice, proper handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds has become a national obsession (along with tie-dye and bread baking). Even our toddlers have got the hand cleaning thing down now. But how often do you clean your phone? Think about it — whatever you touch, touches your phone. Pumped gas? Pushed a grocery cart? Wiped boogies at the playground? Your phone is likely the germiest thing you touch — harboring up to 18 times more bacteria than a public toilet. Yuck! Because we all can’t stop touching our phones (even in the bathroom and the kitchen) everyone is turning to UV phone cleaners for a fast and easy way to zap those germs so we can get our third arm back.

How Do UV Rays Sterilize?

Ultraviolet light sanitizers harness the power of UV-C rays, the ultraviolet light with the shortest wavelength which in turn means the highest energy, which are the best at killing bacteria and germs. The UV light sterilizes your smartphone in a way disinfecting wipes just can’t. Every nook and cranny is sanitized. UV sterilizers typically kill 99.9% of all bacteria and germs on your phone by destroying the DNA of the pathogen. That means these little boxes are destroying most of the nasty stuff on your phone, or whatever else you can fit into them. Hospitals have been using UVC lights for ages to disinfect and sanitize, so of course, we are going to jump at the chance to use them in our own homes too.

The Best Cell Phone Sanitizers and UV Sanitizer Boxes:

Does Phone Soap Work?

Third party lab tests have shown PhoneSoap to kill 99.9% of all common household bacteria and germs. The popular PhoneSoap 3 UV Sanitizer includes a USB and USB-C ports for universal charging and is large enough to accommodate oversized phones (iPhone 11 and Galaxy S2 ultras we’re talking to you).

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