How to Sanitize Electronics Against COVID-19 with UV Light

HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer
HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer. Click for more

How often do you touch your phone?

By Rick Richardson

With the incredible increase in concern about COVID-19, it’s prudent that we think about not just washing our hands frequently but also sanitizing the electronics we handle all day.

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Think about it. Everything we touch throughout the day comes back to our phones. We might take public transportation, press elevator buttons and open doors all while texting and scrolling (and that's all before our workday even begins). Then, you sit down at your desk and get down to business on equipment that probably hasn't been sanitized in weeks or months, if ever.

HoMedics UV-Clean Portable Sanitizer Bag
HoMedics UV-Clean Portable Sanitizer Bag. Click for more

So how can you effectively "wash" the germs off of the things around you? Well, one of the easiest and most effective ways to sanitize and disinfect your phone and other gadgets is with UV light technology.

How does UV light sanitization work? The UV light spectrum consists of UV-A, UV-B and UV-C lights. It's the UV-C light that can kill germs, so that's what you want to look for when searching for a sanitizing product. When aimed at dirty surfaces, UV-C light permanently destroys the DNA or RNA of bacteria and viruses, so they no longer pose a threat.

But does it really work? Because UV-C sanitization works best on smooth surfaces, it is likely to be most effective on phones and cases without a lot of crevices for germs to hide. Some products, however, are designed to hit objects with UV-C light from multiple angles to try and cover as much surface area as possible.

Sure, you could just use antibacterial wipes – if you can find them these days – but UV light sanitizers have the added environmental benefit of producing less waste. So that's another tick in the "pro" column. Plus, they bring great peace of mind to back up your good hygiene habits, especially during cold and flu season – not to mention when we're in a global pandemic.

Two UV-C sanitizers. Here are two HoMedics products – one specifically for smartphones and one that’s a larger pouch design for not only phones, but also keys, glasses, earbuds and other small items.

HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer ($80). With this perfectly portable pop-up sanitizer, you'll just place your phone inside, and two germicidal LEDs get to work on disinfecting your device in only one minute. That gives you the perfect opportunity to wash your hands thoroughly, and your phone will be all good to go by the time you get back. Then, you just collapse the case flat and slide it back into your bag or laptop case for patented UV-C LED sanitization on the go.

HoMedics UV-Clean Portable Sanitizer ($100). Another excellent option for portable protection is this generously sized pouch. It harnesses the power of four UV-C germicidal LEDs to sanitize and disinfect your phone and other gadgets from every angle. It even includes interchangeable phone and platform clips to ensure that your items sit perfectly inside for optimal germ-killing effect. Aside from blasting bacteria from your phone, you can use it to clean your keys, glasses, remotes and whatever else you can fit inside.

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