A year ago I offered advice on sanitizing credit cards. Since then I learned that your credit cards are actually dirtier than the bathrooms at New York’s Penn Station.
Now as we try to sanitize our hands, and everything we touch, especially the few times we go outside this has greater relevance than ever. Did you hand your card over to a store clerk? Did you stick it inside a card reader machine, and what was on the last card that was in there? I actually sanitized my cards, even before the current crisis.
Over at The Points Guy they performed credit card stress tests… to see which cards could be used to cut a zucchini.
— Scott Mayerowitz (@GlobeTrotScott) March 6, 2019
PointsCentric though posed this problem: “how do you sanitize a credit card to make it a food safe utensil?” He really has the folks at TPG there, doesn’t he?
It turns out there’s a really simple solution, and it’s one I happen to use at home: Phone Soap. You just put your credit cards in the phone soap and it kills nearly all germs with UV light.
I first saw the product on Shark Tank and knew that I needed one. I’m something of a germaphobe, and my phone has been everywhere with me. It’s been dropped on aircraft floors, in airport restrooms, and I’ve even taken it to Philadelphia. It needs to be cleaned. But that’s not all.
- Once you have it you want to sanitize everything that fits. I throw my credit cards in there. Those are handled by store clerks and sit on restaurant trays that other customers have used.
- I throw my wallet in once it’s emptied, too. If you don’t have a sanitizer for your tooth brush you can run it through the dishwasher — or stick it in Phone Soap.
By the way you can also use Phone Soap to sanitize combs, in case your presidential candidate needs one to eat a salad. Bear in mind though that this is not permitted on all aircraft and also that 42 USC §271(a) & 21 CFR §1250.44(b) “make[s] it a federal crime to provide combs for the common use of passengers on an interstate flight.”
Airlines cracking down on salad combs. pic.twitter.com/IHGHwK21zR
— A Crime a Day (@CrimeADay) March 6, 2019