Hang Up on Germs: "Washing" Your Phone with PhoneSoap

Hang Up on Germs: "Washing" Your Phone with PhoneSoap

Julienne Lin
May 23, 2012

People always say that your hands are the most constantly germ ridden parts of your body because you use them to touch everything. As much as it's important to wash your hands when they get dirty, the folks over at PhoneSoap believe it's just as important to wash your phone, especially considering the amount of time you spend all day holding it.

PhoneSoap's solution is a device that charges phones overnight and sanitizes them at the same time with a UV-C light. The UV-C light is electromagnetic radiation that's used in hospitals and clean rooms worldwide. PhoneSoap has these UV-C lights on both sides of the box to clean the top and bottom of the phone. It only takes about 3-5 minutes to kill 99.9% bacteria that have been living on your phone and growing due to the heat your hands transfer to the phone, or from when it is stored in warm places like a purse or pocket.

You can choose to only sanitize your phone, to only charge your phone, or do both. PhoneSoap comes with a Miro USB Cord and Apple 30-pin USB cord so that you can charge your phone with PhoneSoap while sanitizing it or not — just put your phone in the box if you want to sanitize it and outside if you don't. LED lights will indicate that the UV-C lights are on and doing their cleaning. You can open the box during this process and the lights will automatically shut off.

The pre-order for PhoneSoap is now over on Kickstarter, but if you're interested you can leave your email on their website and they will notify you once pre-orders are open again.

Does PhoneSoap raise enough concerns, and is it designed simply enough that you would consider switching over from your regular charger?

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