Whether it’s the waiter bringing you food, the co-worker absent-mindedly picking their nose, or the guy sitting next to you on the subway with less-than-awesome hygiene habits, one thing is sure: people’s hands are gross.
Luckily, the best phone sanitizer is a great solution involving can make those gross germs a thing of the past. (We’ll talk more about UV disinfection in just a bit!)
Much like “Thing” from The Addams Family, hands seem to have a mind of their own. They’re always touching surfaces like door handles, toilets, subway poles, and other various germ-breeders that not only get plenty of action from the general public but also harbor sickness like nobody’s business.
Pretty gross by any stretch of the imagination.
Unfortunately, it gets worse. Before we can hit the hand sanitizer or wash our hands, we most likely transfer microscopic ickiness to a piece of technology that has intimate access to our everyday lives: our smartphones.
Yes – you heard it right. The thing we tweet, check Reddit, and pay our almost-late credit card bill on is as filthy as it gets.
Whether you realize it or not, your phones are collecting many of the germs you interact with every day simply because of how often we touch them. Every Facebook update, Snap, Instagram post, or text message sent is an opportunity for these bacteria to find their way from the real world to our screen. They land on our screens, pass our immune system, and head straight to our bloodstream, which can make us very sick.
Luckily for you and the rest of the cell phone using public (which includes more than 90% of adults in the United States according to research), there are several different ways to sanitize even the dirtiest of phones and keep squeaky and safely things clean.
But before we get into that, let’s talk about why keeping a clean phone is so important.
Let’s start with the basics: just how dirty is your phone?
If we told you your cell phone is ten times dirtier than a toilet seat, chances are you might not believe us. But luckily for us, we don’t have to tell you that, because Time Magazine already has.
According to an article in Time Health, Arizona University scientists have done the research and found that the phones being 10-times-dirtier-than-a-toilet-seat myth is actually a true claim. Excuse us for a moment while we go wash our hands.
You might be wondering: how the hell does your phone get so dirty when it spends most of its time in your pocket or purse? Great question, but a faulty premise.
The truth is, our phones spend quite a bit of time in our hands each day, with average users spending more than five hours each day on their devices.
Not only is that shocking statistic true and kind of scary when you think about it, but it also represents more time than we spend doing just about anything else besides working or sleeping. We spend at least 5 hours a day on our smartphones!
And it’s not just sitting on the couch or in the back of an Uber or Lyft that we tend to pull out our phones. We’re not shy; we pull them out just about anywhere, including many of the dirtiest places we enter, like bathrooms (both public and private), public transportation, and in restaurants and bars. Then, we take those phones home without thinking and snuggle up next to them in bed each night.
Our phones are frequently the last thing we interact with at night and the first thing we look at each morning (does anyone still own an alarm clock?). You could say we have a bit of an obsession with our smartphones and devices.
That obsession certainly has some positives: being the first of your friends to hear the hot goss’ or taking advantage of that limited-inventory flash sale from your favorite chic outfitter or brand. But we’re also exposing ourselves to a full breadth of Mother Nature’s germs every day we live this way.
The question remains: how do we safely co-exist with our smartphone habit without burrowing ourselves into the world of microscopic maladies? Are we doomed to live a life of constant sickness?
At UVee, we say no! There is hope yet for all of us.
That’s why we’re here to share with you a few different ways to sanitize and keep your phone clean. However, each phone manufacturer and model is different, so we don’t recommend trying anything without consulting the proper documentation for your gadget.
Good Phone Sanitizing Solutions (But Not The Best)
Wiping Down Your Phone with a Microfiber Cloth
Microfiber is a pretty amazing material. It’s durable, affordable, and versatile. You can use it to clean your floors or cover your loveseat and couch, all without breaking the bank. But where microfiber shines is cleaning.
Thanks to its unique construction, microfibers can clean as well as chemicals in certain situations, without any of the sometimes not-so-awesome side effects of all of that gross liquidy stuff hiding under your sink. It’s like if diet soda were as good as regular soda without all of the calories.
Plus, cleaning with microfiber is super convenient. With the availability of microfiber cloths from just about any store, and their fantastic cleaning effectiveness and affordability, microfiber and microfiber cleaning products make great options for cleaning your phone without having to go too far out of your way for cleanliness.
However, pun intended, here’s the rub:
Microfiber is hiding a few dirty little secrets of its own for all of its marks in the plus column. It’s hiding the fact that it may not be getting your phone as clean as you think. Why, you may ask? Let’s take a deeper dive.
First, you have to consider user error. When you’re cleaning your phone with a microfiber cloth, it’s easy to miss nooks and crannies, or neglect certain problem areas altogether. Germs can continue to thrive in charging ports, speaker holes, around buttons, and inside cases, all while you naively think you have a clean phone. Are you really willing to bet your health on your bang-up wiping job? We bet not.
Second, microfiber doesn’t actually sanitize. Regardless of how good of a job you might do wiping down your cell phone, you’ll never truly get 99% of the bacteria off of your device and onto the microfiber. Harder-to-kill bacteria, like E. Coli, may survive your wipe-down and end up on your fingers, or against your face, or laying right next to you in your bed. We don’t know about you, but we don’t want to share our bed with E. Coli, or any of the Colis for that matter.
The Brass Tacks and Bottom Line on Microfiber:
For all of its benefits as a cleaning tool, microfiber is probably not the best for cleaning phones, especially encased ones. There’s too much potential for missed areas and way too little benefit for all of the hard work. Our advice: skip the microfiber and get something you know is going to product results.
Water and Alcohol to Sanitize Your Phone
Much like our favorite song from Beauty and the Beast, using a mixture of water and rubbing alcohol to clean just about anything is a tale as old as time. And there’s a good reason people are still singing that song after all these years.
This magical mixture of water and alcohol has been linked to everything from a super-clean kitchen to a super-clean dashboard in your car, and just about every other potential germ-infested area in-between. And there is some truth to its cleaning prowess.
Here’s why it works: alcohol is a solvent. It can break down dirt and other forms of grossness. However, with the good comes the bad, and the story doesn’t end there.
Alcohol can also be extremely corrosive, especially when applied to certain materials like rubbers and plastics. Considering that your cell phone, no matter its manufacturer, is most likely made up at least partially of rubber and plastic, among several other sensitive materials, it’s not hard to see why using any kind of alcohol-based solution on your phone is most likely not a great idea.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. For all of the millions of iPhone users worldwide, Apple states specifically that using cleaning products on your phone can increase the device’s breakdown and hasten the disintegration of the anti-fingerprint coating. Not a great result of trying to get clean.
It can also mean potential scratching across your screen depending on the material you use to wipe up the alcohol and water mess you’ve just created. Another big yikes.
Despite the potential cleaning benefits, using any kind of alcohol and water solution just doesn’t sound like a smart idea for those iOS users among us.
But wait, there’s more!
Apple doesn’t even suggest using water to clean your phone. The company’s line is that if you decide to clean your phone, you should take care not to get any liquid or moisture into the incredibly sensitive openings – of which the iPhone has at least a few.
We’re not no physicists when it comes to the properties of liquid, but our guess is that if you try to clean your phone with liquid, you’re going to most likely get moisture into an opening of some kind – a big no-no for you Apple fans. So it might be best to just stay away.
The bottom line: cleaning your kitchen counters or car interior using a mixture of alcohol and water it might not be a bad idea. But for your phones, which, last time we checked, now cost as much as kitchen counters or a new car interior, it’s best to just stay away. While it may help disinfect your phone, you’re asking for nothing but trouble once the air clears and the solution dries.
The Best Phone Sanitizing Solution
We’ve talked about a material option with Microfiber and we’ve talked about a chemical option with water and alcohol, so now we think it’s time to discuss an all-natural option: UV-C light.
That’s right: this naturally occurring ultraviolet light does all of the dirty work of cleaning - without any of the real dirty work. Here’s how it does it:
When bacteria is exposed to UV-C light for a short period of time (between five and ten minutes), the bacteria itself is totally destroyed to the point of inactivity. In fact, UV-C light can kills up to 99.9% of harmful bacteria when used properly, allowing you to go on using your phone without the worry of contracting some kind of malady.
Sounds great, we know, but you may be asking yourself: how in the world do I focus UV-C light on my phone?
Great question. Luckily for you, there’s an easy answer: the UVee Clean.
Though it was originally engineered to help modern folks keep their sex toys locked-up, charged, and germ free, the UVee Clean offers superior cleaning power for your phone – plus the ability to charge your battery while the hands-free cleaning is happening.
These small, stow-and-go compartments resemble a makeup case or oversized compact. Inside, they contain very powerful technology with a variety of uses.
Here’s how the science works:
When germs are exposed to UV-C light, the cell walls of the bacteria are destroyed – rendering them as useless as an iPhone that lost its charge last week. UV-C light can do this with no physical activity and no left-behind residue – it’s all done through light rays. The light simply needs to constantly shine on the area of an object for a short period for it to be sanitized. Pretty cool, right?
Plus, remember those nooks and crannies of your phone that we discussed earlier? The UVee systems have come up with a clever way of addressing those little buggers. Its insides are coated in mirrored surfaces, reflecting the light on all sides and angles of whatever is put inside. This ensures that your phone gets maximum exposure to the light’s incredible germ-killing power, and its bacteria-killing rays invade just about every possible nook and cranny.
We bet we can anticipate your next question, too: are the UVee devices and their UV-C light technology safe for my phone? The answer: yes!
Exposure to UV-C light is perfectly safe for your phone, especially in the time it takes the UVee to complete its cleaning cycle. Focused light has been shown to damage some plastics after many hours of exposure, but as long as you use the UVee as directed and don’t leave your phone in the device for the entire weekend, you shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever.
Use as directed, and in less time than it takes you to make a packet of Ramen or finish your Fortnite round, you can have a clean and charged phone ready to use at your disposal.
Yes, there’s more!
Aside from the obvious cleaning benefits and superiority to the other methods listed above, the UVee does so much more for smartphones than just keep them clean.
Here’s a list of some fringe benefits that make the UVee units the best phone sanitizer option on the market today.
Why UVee is The Best Phone Sanitizer
1. It Sanitizes AND Charges!
Unlike any other phone sanitization solution on the market today, the UVee brings you the added benefit of eviscerating 99.9% of your phone’s bacteria in less time than it takes to take a shower and charging your phone while it is cleaning. By the time you’re ready to roll-out for a night on the town, your phone will be clean and your battery life will have grown by leaps and bounds. Sound too good to be true? It isn’t.
Here’s how it works: the UVee HOME Play unit comes with built-in USB charging ports and the support for 110v power cords. Not only will your UVee make things spic-and-span on the surface, they will also help you keep things charged and ready to go.
Plus, each unit is compact enough to fit on your nightstand, your makeup table, your kitchen counter, or even in a drawer, should you feel so inclined. With the UVee, you never have to sacrifice battery life for cleanliness, or vice-versa, again.
2. Keeps Your Phone Safe while Making It Safe to Use!
Our phones are like Pandora’s boxes of our deepest darkest secrets. And whether it’s our latest Tinder matches, our latest shopping splurge, or pictures we don’t want anyone else in the world to see, there are many things on our phones that are for our eyes only. That’s what makes the UVee systems so great.
No longer does your charging (and sanitizing) phone have to be left out in the open for all to see and access; the UVee changes the entire game. Each unit comes with a built-in child-proof pin code locking system, which means that no one will have access to your phone unless you want them to. This makes the UVee ideal for those who might have kids running around, roommates with prying eyes, or those who want to charge and sanitize their phone at the office.
Plus, the UVee is absolutely perfect for traveling, and adds yet another extra layer of security on your phone when you need to charge on-the-go.
3. It’s High-Tech!
If you had the chance to live in the Flintstones or the Jetsons universe, which one would you choose?
Obviously, the answer is, “I’m with George.”
The beauty of that question is, if you look around, we are living in the world of the Jetsons. We have moving sidewalks; we have meals in tiny compact bar form – the future is quite literally now. Not taking advantage of the incredible technologies all around us would be akin to leaving behind your spaceship for a foot-powered stone automobile. Yabba-Dabba-don’t!
Outdated Hanna-Barbera reference aside, the logic is sound. If this technology had been available at any other time throughout history, people would have thought it a god-send, but now it’s available, and literally fits in your bedside drawer – how lucky are we?
A smart phone deserves a smart solution for germ eradication, and the UVee is it. It’s time you stop settling for a germ infested phone, and start investing in your health. And the best way to do that is to step into the light – the UV-C light that is, and do your de-dirtying work with a UVee unit.
Trust us: when your phone is clean and charged, you’ll be glad that you did.