ICYMI, your phone is a feeding ground for germs bacteria. And if you already knew that, well, here’s a not-so gentle reminder. I mean, think about how many times you take your phone to the bathroom with you.
While research has varied on just how many germs are hanging out on your phone, a 2017 study found more than 17,000 bacterial gene copies on the phones of high school students. Cute! (Not actually cute.)
One of the easiest, fastest and most mess-free ways to ensure that your device is sanitized is to use a UV light phone sanitizer. Basically, these UV sanitizers use a super strong type of ultraviolet radiation called UV-C to kill germs, including both viruses and bacteria.
Whether you’re looking for a compact phone sanitizer wand or a box — or even a whole mini fridge-type situation that fits everything — we compiled the best phone sanitizers to clean your, um, very disgusting phone.
Best Phone Sanitizers
$30 at Amazon
Featured on Shark Tank, this widely-beloved phone sanitizer has racked up a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating based off more than 14,000 Amazon reviews. Per PhoneSoap, the UV light can kill 99.99% of all the bacteria and other germs on smartphones. The patented design features two medical-grade UV-C lights on each side of your phone. It also comes with two types of USB ports (USB-A and USB-C).
While not the most important, the PhoneSoap comes in multiple colors for an added bit of fun.
$160 at Amazon
Compared to PhoneSoap, HomeSoap is meant to sanitize more than just your phone. You can throw in anything from larger tablets to utensils and books. Basically, it can sanitize anything that fits. HomeSoap uses Ultraviolet (UV) rays to eliminate 99.99 percent of disease-causing bacteria on smartphones. With two big lamps, it can sanitize any device in about fifteen minutes.
$13 at Amazon
The great thing about this affordable phone sanitizer is that you can charge it on the go. Just slip it right in your bag and you got a clean phone while you're out and about. Even though it's small, the brand claims that it also kills 99.9% of bacteria using four UV-C LED lights. It can also fit so many things while on-the-go, including AirPods, sunglasses, keys and basically anything else you need to sanitize while you're not home.
$65 at Amazon
Plus, the UV-C light switches off automatically when the cover is opened to prevent light from escaping. Disinfects pretty much everything from your phone, tablet, books, small toys, retainers and mouth guards, baby products, jewelry, makeup brushes and even dishes.
$30 at Amazon
If you want a more hands-on experience, a UV phone sanitizer wand is your best bet. Despite it being small, the UV Light Sanitizer wand battery lasts for over 20,000 hours and takes up to 10 seconds to sterilize. While it also claims to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria, this wand feels a little more magical. All you need to do is wave it over whatever you want to sanitize — like a coffee table or TV. This way, you never have to worry about the item not fitting in a box.
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