Stay protected now and make future trips safer.

By Braelyn Wood
Updated June 01, 2020
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Phones accompany us everywhere, from airplanes to bathroom stalls, so it’s no surprise they acquire plenty of germs along the way. Even worse? They create their own heat and are often stored in dark environments, making them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. In fact, a 2017 study of high school students’ mobile phones found an average of 17,000 different bacteria per phone. It’s an alarming realization even before you factor in the current global pandemic. Needless to say, everyone should be disinfecting their phones regularly in addition to their hands.

Courtesy of Casetify

One hands-off way to keep your phone clean is Casteify’s UV Sanitizer. It uses the shortest UV wavelength, UV-C, to kill 99.9 percent of common household viruses, bacteria, and mold by breaking down their DNA. Although there’s no evidence to support that UV light kills coronavirus, studies found it successfully kills the H1N1 virus and MRSA, the virus that causes staph, along with antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Each case is outfitted with six mercury-free UV lamps to disinfect the entire contents of the inner compartment in just three minutes. It doesn’t require any additional cleaning solution and runs on USB power, making it easy to take on the go. Plus, it features wireless charging, so your phone re-juices as it gets refreshed.

Courtesy of Casetify

To buy: casetify.com, $120

And it’s not just for cell phones: You can use the case to disinfect other small household items like keys or headphones. However, you’ll want to check with the manufacturer before sticking certain technology in there to ensure the UV light won’t affect it.

Unfortunately, the case won’t ship until the third week of May. In the meantime, Casetify is offering other COVID-19 essentials you can use now, like face masks. Plus, the company is sending 10 free sanitizing wipes with every order, including its collection of travel-inspired cases, which will help you daydream about your next adventure. And you’ll definitely be packing your new UV sanitizing case in your carry-on whenever you go on it.

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