If you’re not familiar with PhoneSoap as a product, you may be conjuring images of dish detergent or window cleaner. The truth is that PhoneSoap is a creative way to sanitize your cellphone and any other small personal items that may need cleaning.
PhoneSoap, at least the basic model that I’ve got, is a white clamshell with ultraviolet bulbs in both the top and bottom of the device.
These bulbs are what’s responsible for sanitizing any items placed within it.
PhoneSoap uses UV-C radiation to sanitize your phone. We’re all familiar with UV radiation. We’ve heard, for years, about the necessity of using sunscreen to prevent sunburn and possible skin cancer.
What you might not know, though, is that the World Health Organization has, for years, recommended the use of sunlight (UV radiation) to purify drinking water if no other purification means are available.
How does sunlight purify or sanitize anything? It’s all about the radiation.
Our sun generates three types of UV radiation: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. Our ozone layer stops all of the UV-C and most of the UV-B radiation. UV-A and B radiation cause us to tan or burn when exposed, and the damage from UV-B radiation also causes our bodies to create vitamin D.
None of those changes occur, though, without some catalyst. And that catalyst is radiation damage.
UV-C is the most dangerous of the UV radiation because it has the shortest wavelength. It’s so short, in fact, that it can inactivate microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. That’s why you may be hearing more in the news now about cities and countries using UV light to sterilize hospital equipment, mass transit equipment and the like. UV-C gets right into the RNA and DNA of germs to prevent them from infecting or reproducing.
Our phones go everywhere with us and there’s probably little you touch or hold more than your phone. It stands to reason that our phones need regular sanitizing. And while you can wipe down your phone with a bleach wipe, something like PhoneSoap gets your phone truly clean and doesn’t leave any residue when it does.
Using PhoneSoap is easy! Just place your phone in the case, close the lid, then the light on the top of the case will come on. Ten minutes later, the light will turn off, and your phone is clean (well, sterile anyway).
I’ve found the case to be big enough for my key, wallet and eyeglasses, but not much more than that.
But those are my daily carry items, the things that I’m holding or touching most often, so it stands to reason that if I can keep them clean, and my hands clean, I can do a pretty good job of making sure I’m not bringing all sorts of germs back home.
PhoneSoap Basic is available for about $50 and should be good for tens of thousands of uses.
Stay safe out there.