If I could dump all my possessions into a big ol’ bottle of hand sanitizer, I would do it in a heartbeat. But obvs, that isn’t the best idea, especially for electronics.
But UV radiation with wavelengths of 328 to 210 nanometers can actually kill bacteria and viruses, according to the CDC. Enter, these hella-cool phone sanitizers utilizing that wizardry. Just plop your phone inside and—ta-da!—clean as a whistle. Well, sorta. The effectiveness all depends on the exact device you’re using, what areas of the phone the light reaches, and how long it is exposed to the UV light.
Also, and this is super important, COVID-19 is a new virus that hasn’t been studied extensively. And part of that means there’s no proof these phone sanitizers will kill THAT specific virus. So the best way to keep your phone clean is to keep it at home when you leave the house and resist touching it until after you wash your hands. If you do take it out, wipe it down with a 60 percent alcohol-based disinfectant.
That said, it can’t hurt to add one of the magical UV light disinfectants below into your device cleansing routine (just don’t make it your go-to and you’re good to go).
1. THIS SLEEK OPTION
Easiest way to a clean phone, just throw it in a disinfecting bin to help your device stay squeaky clean. 10 minutes and your phone is supa-clean. Safely kills 99.99% of germs by utilizing bacteria-zapping UV rays.
2. THIS TRAVEL-READY ONE
UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer
For something you can take everywhere, grab this cute little pouch. Takes about 5 minutes to disinfect each side of your phone.
3. THIS WIRELESS CHARGING BOX
Want to charge phone? Drop your phone inside that box to charge AND sanitize. This is absolutely a do-all phone sterilizer.
4. THIS CHIC CUP
Oblio Wireless Charging Station & Sanitizer
I know it looks like a pretty vase, but this one is actually a phone sanitizer with charging capabilities too. You’ll have to be patient and wait 20 minutes for it to disinfect your device.
5. THIS DEEP-CLEANING OPTION
UV Phone Sanitizer
A deep cleaning for 6 minutes...magic.