Our phones often go everywhere with us, making them practically attached to our hips. Unfortunately because of this fact, our phones collect more than just a few germs and are dirtier than they seem. Recent research found that 75 percent of Americans use their smartphones on the toilet to text, browse the web or even call into business meetings!
And if those facts didn’t make you cringe enough, mobile phones can carry nearly 500 times more bactieria than a toilet seat and 18 times more bacteria than the toilet handle. Research also indicates that 1 in every 6 cellphones actually has traces of fecal matter on it which carries E. coli bacteria and nearly 20 percent of people have dropped their phones into the toilet at least once. Now that is dirty.
That is why investor Wesley LaPorte came up with the idea for PhoneSoap; a device that both charges and simultaneously sanitizes your phone. PhoneSoap is not literally a special bar of soap specifically designed to clean phones, but a high-tech device that was created to safely do the job.
PhoneSoap uses UV-C light, a type of ultraviolet light used in hospitals to penetrate the cell walls of bacteria disrupting its DNA and effectively killing it. The device shines UV-C light onto your cellphone from the top and bottom of the box for about 3-5 minutes, surrounding it in light and killing any present bacteria. The device also has an Apple connector or Micro USB outlet so that you can charge while you clean.
Unfortunately, PhoneSoap is still in the process of raising funds for its production on Kickstarter. The fundraising goal is currently set for $18,000 with roughly $25,000+ pledged. PhoneSoap’s inventors hope to sell the product at $40 a piece and have about 15 more days left on Kickstarter.