There’s a simple reason to get PhoneSoap’s HomeSoap: It’s how to disinfect your phone and AirPods, plus a slew of other stuff you don’t regularly think about. In fact, the nastiest, most germ-laden item in your home isn’t your toilet seat. It’s actually the sponge in your kitchen sink. But high on the germ-bearing list is also your phone, which sits on your desk, touches your face, rides in your pocket, gets manhandled by your dirty paws, and quite likely, takes a trip to the throne with you. And that’s followed closely by remote controls, tablets, and gaming consoles, all of which harbor varying amounts of bacteria and which we, as flawed humans, routinely forget to clean.
That’s where PhoneSoap’s HomeSoap comes in. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic made us hyper-aware of germs, PhoneSoap was generating buzz for its liquid-less method of cleaning smartphones, which was boosted by an NIH study that found that UV bulbs were an effective way of sanitizing your phone. The company’s new product, the HomeSoap, scales up its method to accommodate larger devices and objects, cleaning iPads and tablets, toys, and other small items quickly and without mess so that you can get rid of germs without wiping everything down.
You can use this UV sanitizer on everything from consoles to remotes to water bottles.
PhoneSoap’s tech utilizes UV-C light blasted within its container to sanitize items that are often used and shared by adults and children. Internal mirrors bounce its two bulbs’ rays around, so that they hit every nook and cranny. After a recommended 10-minute session, the company claims it’s killed 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, and germs. Use it to sanitize Kindles, baby bottles, dog toys, Legos, and remotes. Basically, anything non-porous that gets heavy use.
It’s big enough, at 13-by-9-by-3.5 inches, to effectively clean a variety of items at once. You see a lightning bolt when the thing is finished doing its job. You can toggle between auto mode, which automatically starts cleaning when you close the HomeSoap, and manual mode. Another great feature of the HomeSoap is its two charging ports inside the device, which allow you to recharge electronics via cables (not included) while simultaneously sanitizing them. Whether your gadget’s cord needs a USB-A or USB-C connection, it’s got you covered.
It should be noted that HomeSoap has not been definitively proven to disinfect against the novel coronavirus. Ultraviolet light can definitely damage to viruses: That’s well studied. During the SARS outbreak, researchers found that UV light had harmful effects on the SARS-CoV genome. So, it’s very, very promising. But it’s not specifically tested on COVID-19.
That said, it can’t hurt, and the HomeSoap provides another small way, along with handwashing and social distancing, to make us feel like we have some semblance of control over stuff we can’t see. Like germs. You can pre-order it now, and it ships on June 17.
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