When was the last time you cleaned your phone? If you’re like most people, then the answer is probably never. It might not seem all that important, but phones are teeming with bacteria – one in six even have fecal matter on them. That’s why Utah-based Dan Barnes and Wesley LaPorte decided to create PhoneSoap, a device that’s one part phone charger, one part sanitizer.
PhoneSoap uses the same type of electromagnetic radiation employed in hospitals to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses. While cleanliness is important, the founders don’t want to create any irrational fears: ”Neither of us are germaphobes. But there are really certain types of germs that we really should not be in contact with, and they’re on our phones,” says Barnes, PhoneSoap co-founder.
The device, which looks like a miniature tanning bed, is capable of sanitizing and charging your device at the same time. It only takes a few minutes for your phone to be rid of the most malicious bacteria, but as with any other charger, you can leave your phone plugged in overnight to ensure the best results.
Funded in late 2012 thanks to viral videos and a Kickstarter campaign, PhoneSoap first shipped late last year after Barnes and LaPorte spend time to find the perfect manufacturer. You can buy one of the devices in black or white, which are available for an affordable $49.95.