We don’t mean this personally, but your smartphone is gross. Ours is too. At least, it was until we got a smartphone sanitizer. We hold our smartphones in our hands, next to our face, and sometimes even sleep with it on our pillows (we love our guided meditations). Your smartphones are all up in your business, which means they need to be cleaned. Often. And thoroughly.
In a study performed at the New York School of Medicine and shared by Business Insider, researchers found that smartphones have more bacteria on them than the average toilet seat. We’re going to leave that statement with you for a moment to let the grossness really sink in.
USA Today reports that the average smartphone user touches their phone every 12 minutes. Researchers have found that people touch their faces an average of 3.6 times per hour, so if you do the math, that equals a lot of germs going from your phone to your hands and face.
The best way to ward off passing germs from your screen to your body and back again is by sanitizing your smartphone every day. If it seems like a lot, remember — you brush your teeth twice per day and your teeth are protected by your mouth. What’s protecting your smartphone?
Stop the spread of germs and invest in one of the three smartphone sanitizers we use to keep our gadgets — and ourselves — clean.
1. PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer and Dual Universal Cell Phone Charger
As seen on Shark Tank, the PhoneSoap is a smartphone sanitizer and charger in one. No more deciding whether to charge your phone or clean it. Now you can do both at the same time, making this the most convenient sanitizer on the market. Using germicidal UV-C bulbs, PhoneSoap gets rid of 99.99 percent of all bacteria and germs.
Pros: Not only does PhoneSoap fit any smartphone phone, but it can also be used to sanitize smartwatches, pacifiers, keys, or any other small objects that fit inside the case.
Cons: The PhoneSoap is the most expensive sanitizer on our list.
2. GERMISE UV Light Smartphone Sanitizer
Kill 99.99 percent of all germs with the touch-free GERMISE UV Light Smartphone Sanitizer, which works using a three-watt mercury lamp optimized for germicidal effect that kills germs with its ultraviolet light at 253 nm wavelength. Scientifically proven to work, the GERMISE works in seconds and folds up to a portable, pocket-sized device.
Pros: Unlike the other two sanitizers, the GERMISE isn’t constricted by size and can sanitize just about any item it’s waved over.
Cons: The GERMISE features a child-proof power button that ensures the wand with automatically shut off when the light is facing downwards, but it’s still important to keep the wand away from children at all times because of the heat from the light.
3. Portable UV Cell Phone Sanitizer
Sanitize your phone, as well as other small objects, in minutes with the Portable UV Cell Phone Sanitizer. Large enough to fit just about any smartphone, the Portable UV Cell Phone Sanitizer kills 99.99 percent of germs and bacteria found on phones and includes an opening for cables that enables users to charge their phone while it’s being sanitized. The sanitizer also works as an aromatherapy diffuser by adding a few drops of oil inside the case while it’s sanitizing a smartphone.
Pros: The Portable UV Cell Phone Sanitizer works in six minutes, while the PhoneSoap takes 10 minutes to sanitize a device.
Cons: The Portable UV Cell Phone Sanitizer is the largest sanitizer on our list.