April 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM ET
Your cellphone is disgusting.
No, really. There are studies upon studies which will back that statement up. Just like other frequently touched items or surfaces, your cellphone is covered in all sorts of germs.
Some folks are hoping to make that reality less icky though — by convincing everyone to use something they're calling PhoneSoap.
PhoneSoap isn't a special bar of soap designed for phones, nor is it a phone-shaped mango-scented bath bar. Instead it's a strange box which contains two ultraviolet lights.
Ultraviolet light — UVC light, if you want to get specific — is known for its germicidal properties. So by shining such light onto your phone for a couple of minutes at a time, you should be able to eliminate a lot of the gross things things living on it.
Sounds reasonable enough, right?
Unfortunately, PhoneSoap's inventors are currently merely raising funds for its production, so it'll be awhile before we can see whether this product works as well in practice as it does in theory.
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