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PhoneSoap Tackles Smartphone Germs On CES Show Floor

LAS VEGAS — PhoneSoap is talking dirty at this year’s International CES.

The Kickstarter-launched start-up is bringing its line of smartphone-sanitizing products to International CES and offering free phone sanitizing to anyone who stops by its booth, 70210 in the Venatian Ballroom.

“You will touch many public surfaces and shake many hands. All the germs you touch will be transferred to your phone. While we hope you wash your hands, you probably won’t wash your phone,” said the company, explaining its presence at the show.

PhoneSoap’s flagship product is the PhoneSoap Charger, a universal phone charging case that simultaneously kills 99.9 percent of all surface germs on a smartphone by exposing it to ultraviolet-C lighting. Two UV-C lamps produce a specific wavelength of light that passes through the cell walls of bacteria and viruses to impair their DNA. Once the DNA is compromised, the cells die and can no longer cause infections or disease. The PhoneSoap Charger even kills so-called “superbugs” that have developed resistance to the chemicals and antibiotics commonly used in the past, the company said.

The process uses no heat, liquid or chemicals and is safe for all electronics.

PhoneSoap said research has shown that the average smartphone surface has 18 times the number of germs than a toilet seat.

The PhoneSoap Charger retails for $49.95.