Oprah has selected the company’s SurfaceSoap handheld UV sanitizer wand. According to PhoneSoap, the wand improves sanitation, disinfects high-touch surfaces, and fits easily in a desk drawer, purse, or computer bag.
In 2011, after learning the average smartphone is contaminated with fecal matter and other harmful bacteria, cousins Dan Barnes and Wes LaPorte began testing the surfaces of smartphones. While LaPorte was conducting research, he found the UVC light used to clean lab tools can also sanitize cellphones without causing damage, according to a news release.
The pair then created a product that sanitizes and charges phones at one time, shipping their first product in 2013. In 2015, their products became available on Amazon.