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Upcoming Violight cell phone sanitizer zaps germs

Violight, which specializes in UV toothbrush sanitizers, will be selling a cell phone cleaning accessory that incorporates germicidal UV light technology that hospitals use to sterilize medical instruments.

The $49.99 Violight Cell Phone Sanitizer cleanses your phone with UV light. Violight

In recent years, you may have seen a story or two about how toilet seats are cleaner than your cell phone. Well, there may not be an app for eliminating those teeming germs from your mobile, but Violight, a company that specializes in UV toothbrush sanitizers, has developed something called the Cell Phone Sanitizer to execute microbes.

Violight says it's the first UV sanitizing device designed to "eliminate up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria on your cell phone," as well other small electronic devices, including earbuds and Bluetooth headsets.

According to the company, the germicidal UV light (the same technology used in hospitals) kills everything from strep, e.coli, salmonella, and listeria to the H1N1 virus in five minutes. After the slaughter's over, the bulb automatically shuts off.

Now I can't say I'd ever bother using anything like this (I just wear latex gloves when using my phone), but for any germaphobes in your life, count this among your birthday or holiday gift options.

The Cell Phone Sanitizer is battery operated and portable. It ships in September for $49.95.