My Personal Review About Cell Phone Sterilizer
Your phone could have 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom — this clever device sanitizes it for you
- Our cell phones hold 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom, according to the makers of PhoneSoap.
- While most of us focus on keeping our hands sanitized, our cell phones often go neglected, leaving bacteria to thrive on our devices.
- PhoneSoap is a small device that uses UV-C light to sanitize your phone, killing 99.9% of common household germs and ultimately keeping you healthier. I’m a major germaphobe, and PhoneSoap gives me peace of mind by cleaning my most-used device with minimal effort.
- Currently, PhoneSoap is sold out on Amazon and is only available for pre-order (for June 15) on the company’s site. If you’re shopping for a similar UV device, make sure it has bulbs exposing both sides of the smartphone with a UVC dose of 60mJ/cm2.
- This phone sanitizer from HoMedics is in stock (at time of publication), and it is a good alternative to the PhoneSoap sanitizer. The company provides lab results that show it killing common microorganisms like E. Coli, salmonella, Staph, and more.
- PhoneSoap has not been tested against COVID-19. However, keeping your phone clean is still a good way to reduce exposure to bacterias that could impact your health and weaken your immune system.
How Cell Phone Sterilizer works
PhoneSoap has a simple but effective design. It looks like a small, rectangular box — making it the perfect size to keep on your bedside table, at your office desk, or even your kitchen counter. On the outside of the box, you’ll find space for three cables — the power cord, a USB, and a USB-C. To get the PhoneSoap set up, plug the included power cord into the wall, then into the PhoneSoap, and you’re all set to get sanitizing. Place your phone inside the gadget and close it. Once closed, you’ll see the lightning bolt power signal turn blue — this means it’s charging. After ten minutes, the light will turn off, and your phone is ready to go. If you’d like to charge your phone simultaneously, you have the option to plug in your USB or USB-C cord.
So, you put your phone in a box and it cleans it, but how does it actually get the cleaning done? The power of PhoneSoap comes in the form of UV-C light. Inside the little box are two powerful UV-C lightbulbs. UV-C light is germicidal, meaning it breaks down the DNA of nasty bacteria so it can no longer function or reproduce. The bulbs on the top and bottom of the device, paired with the reflective interior inside the entire gadget, help achieve 360-degree disinfection — so even the tiny, hard-to-reach crevices of your phone are clean. The UV-C light is so powerful that it only needs ten minutes to get your phone clean — after that time, PhoneSoap automatically turns off, so don’t worry about your phone getting overheated.
My experience about Cell Phone Sterilizer
My family has had a communal PhoneSoap for a few years now, and it has been a great investment in our health. At $80, it seems like a lot upfront for something you don’t necessarily need, but, you may need it more than you think.
My parents are the kind who always, without fail, have a bottle of hand sanitizer on them. In my house, we take a lot of other precautions to keep clean, so why should we just throw our phones (which touch all sorts of germs) on the kitchen counter, on our beds, or on the couch like it’s no big deal?
It’s easy to ignore the fact that our phones hold so much bacteria, but once you know the nasty facts, you may find it harder to do so. PhoneSoap gives me peace of mind that I can still keep my phone in my back pocket and use it as much as I want without having to worry that I’m transferring a host of bacteria from my screen to my face.
The process couldn’t be easier. You put your phone in the PhoneSoap, close the box (make sure you see the lightning symbol turn on), and let it sit for just ten minutes. When you take it out, there will be no noticeable difference, but your phone will be cleaner than before. I also use the PhoneSoap to sanitize my wallet, keys, AirPods, and any other small items I touch multiple times in a day. If you live with roommates or family members, this product is easy and safe to share with others.