We *should* be masters at not touching our face by now.
Though we’ve been disciplining ourselves since March, many of us probably catch ourselves finicking with our masks or picking at maskne now and then.
At a time when keeping fingers (and the devices we hold like extra limbs) germ-free is more crucial than ever, a UV sanitizing box is genius addition to the counter beside the door. The germ zapping process should only take around 10 minutes, depending on the sanitizer. UVC radiation can be effective in killing 99.9% of bacteria on surfaces, including the water droplet-borne germs that spread viruses like the flu, coronavirus, or the pesky common cold. The FDA’s website specifically notes that UVC light could be effective in inactivating the SARS-CoV-2-Virus strain (the culprit of COVID-19).
Thinking past the pandemic (we know, it’s hard), frequently-picked-up personal items like phones and AirPods will always be breeding grounds for bacteria. (Surely you’ve heard the “your phone is dirtier than a public toilet seat” thing.) COVID or not, a UV sanitizer could be the nag for hygiene that we all need.
PhoneSoap was doing the UV sanitizing thing before it was cool. Going with the Basic UV-C Sanitizer over the PhoneSoap Go or PhoneSoap Pro saves you anywhere from $44.96 to $84.96, but still locks down double-sided sanitation from two UV bulbs (minus the helpful timer lights on the outside). This PhoneSoap is just under nine inches long, can fit most iPhones with a PopSocket still on, and also acts as a charger.
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Paranoid consumers spoke and Samsung listened. It joined the UV sanitation fold in July 2020, and in true tech giant fashion, casually incorporated a Qi charger. Pressing the button on the front kickstarts the 10-minute sterilization period and can wirelessly fast-charge your phone at the same time. Sunglasses and phones as large as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G or Galaxy Fold will fit.
Need a gift for a teenage girl? Here’s a winner. Phone case company Sonix has applied its chic patterns to a UV+O3 Sanitizing Box (O3 being an environmentally-friendly ozone that offers extra protection by reaching under shadows). This stylish desk ornament doubles as a catchall for all the things you can’t leave the house without. Use code BF40 to apply a 40% off Black Friday discount. Plain patterns are $36 on sale, while fancier textures like tortoise shell and black croc skin are $45.