This top-rated device will sanitize any cell phone in 5 minutes — and it makes the perfect gift

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You’ve likely heard it before, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded that your cell phone is a breeding ground for bacteria. In fact, your cell phone is said to be 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat (we know — gross!).

One of the easiest, fastest and most mess-free ways to ensure that your device is sanitized is with a UV smartphone sanitizer and PhoneSoap is known for being the best on the market.

Now through Dec. 31, 2020, you can get 20 percent off any PhoneSoap device when the exclusive code “INTHEKNOW” is applied at checkout.

Shop: PhoneSoap Pro Smartphone UV Sanitizer, $95.96 With Code ‘INTHEKNOW’ (Orig. $119.95)

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While the brand is known for creating some of the most innovative devices that will kill 99.99 percent of germs on the surface of your phones and other devices, there’s one particular device that does the job in even less time than other devices in the lineup.

When compared to other popular PhoneSoap products like the PhoneSoap Wireless and the PhoneSoap 3, the PhoneSoap Pro is much more powerful in a number of ways.

In addition to boasting a larger sanitizing bay than most other models, this device sanitizes any phone and other small items or devices in just five minutes — that’s half the time of the previously mentioned models.

This faster sanitization process is made possible due to the doubled quantity of bulbs, which, in turn, also doubles the power of the UV lights.

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In case you’re curious, here’s how it works: The PhoneSoap Pro uses UVC technology to kill germs on the surface of the phone. This is done through the use of lightbulbs located at the top and bottom of the device’s interior.

To use the device, simply place your phone or any object you wish to sanitize inside the bay and close the lid — that’s it! Once the sanitization process has begun, the lightning bolt on the outside of the top cover will illuminate. When five minutes have passed, the lightning bolt will fade, indicating that the sanitizing process has ended.

Shoppers have particularly shown love to the PhoneSoap Pro model with the device amassing a customer rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. One shopper, who shared that she’s a registered nurse, even called it a “gem” that she uses regularly.

“I plugged it into a common area in the kitchen and am encouraging everyone in the house to use it often,” she wrote. “I did my research and chose this one because it was a bit larger and it covers whatever we put in completely.”

The only gripe some shoppers had for this model is that it is so compact and secure that it can be a bit challenging to open the lid after the first couple of uses. However, reviewers have noted that this is simply a practice that gets easier with each use.

Don’t forget that you can get 20 percent off your PhoneSoap order (of any device) with the code “INTHEKNOW.” This offer runs through Dec. 31, 2020, so take advantage before the deal ends.

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