Use this cool device to disinfect your phone with UV light

Each Friday, we feature a reader-inspired tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Mari-Elain E. of Florida, who builds on last Friday’s tip by sharing a cool device to disinfect your phone with:

“You’ve mentioned tips about cleaning your cell phone with Clorox disinfecting wipes or isopropyl alcohol wipes. Even though Apple says you can do that, it makes me very nervous using a moist product on my expensive iPhone X. So, last year for Christmas (apparently with a premonition) I ordered PhoneSoap disinfecting devices for my family and myself. Boy, was that a great idea! Since the coronavirus, we have been disinfecting daily and even multiple times daily. UV light is the best sanitizer, very safe for your phones and takes only 10 minutes. I suggest that if you can afford it, buy that device.”

If you’re not familiar, the PhoneSoap phone sanitizer was featured on Shark Tank, where it drew praise. This CNN story notes that it is sold out of stock until mid-April, though it looks like there are options on Amazon. And in case you missed it, last week’s tip offers more help if you’re looking to disinfect your phone to stay safe from COVID-19. Thank you, Mari-Elain!

More COVID-19 tips


Have your own tip? Email it to [email protected]!
Want to see more tips? Click here for all 1,678!

Want even more travel tips? Sign up here for the Daily Travel Tip newsletter! Enter your email address and check “Daily Travel Tip” to receive Johnny’s best tips in your inbox each day!

If you already subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you can sign up on the same page. Just fill in your email and check “Daily Travel Tip” on the same page. You’ll receive an email with a link to update your preferences. On that page, just click the Daily Travel Tip box and Update Profile.


Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024.

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

2 Comments On "Use This Cool Device to Disinfect Your Phone With UV Light"
  1. Andrew R|

    For an alternative perspective on this see:
    Should You Disinfect Your Phone? Here’s How. | Wirecutter

    And note:
    The CDC now recommends that you clean and disinfect “frequently touched surfaces” daily, including phones, desks, and keyboards. But unless your stuff may have come in contact with a droplet of mucus or saliva from a potentially infected person, we don’t think you need to worry about cleaning your personal gear multiple times a day. “Unless you hand your phone to someone else, that’s probably the least likely thing to get contaminated by someone else,” said Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of Utah School of Medicine. “The surfaces you need to be concerned about are surfaces that are touched by other people.”

  2. Adele Hargrave|

    I bought several of the phone soap devices for family at Christmas as well. What a great purchase, not realizing how much it would be needed right now.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *