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ZeroGerm is a compact, portable device that's meant to sanitize smartphones and other small household objects. Once you place a smartphone or another object in the device and close the lid, the ultraviolet lights inside will aim to eliminate 99.9 percent of the bacteria on the object's surface in five minutes. If you've put a smartphone in there, it'll also charge the phone while it cleans it. This battery-operated, rechargeable sanitization device comes in both black and white.

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Total Cost Breakdown

The cost of ZeroGerm is $19.99 plus $9.99 shipping, for a total price of $29.98.

This price was obtained from the As Seen on TV commercial page which was taken offline due to ZeroGerm being discontinued. ZeroGerm may still be found for sale on Amazon or Ebay.

This price was obtained from the As Seen on TV commercial page which was taken offline due to ZeroGerm being discontinued. ZeroGerm may still be found for sale on Amazon or Ebay.

How to Use (Step by Step)

  1. Place Item Inside

    To get started with your ZeroGerm, you'll need to place it on a flat surface and open its lid. If you can't see the power button or the four indicator lights beside it, that means you have the device upside-down and will need to flip it over. Once you can see those five things, place a smartphone or another small object inside and close the lid. If you choose to sanitize a smartphone, make sure its screen is facing upward before the lid is closed.

  2. Press Power Button

    With the lid of your sanitization device firmly closed, start up the sanitization process by pressing the large power button on the left-hand side. After you do so, you can watch as the indicator lights beside it come on, one by one. When all of them are on, that means a sanitization cycle has finished and the object inside the device is clean and ready to be removed. At this point, the device will automatically turn off its UV lights, thereby stopping the sanitization process.

  3. Remove Item

    Finally, lift the lid of your device and remove your newly sanitized smartphone (or alternative object). It'll be ready for normal use, and you can simply close the lid of your ZeroGerm until you need to use it again.

How It Works

Hospitals and other medical settings often use the power of ultraviolet lights in order to keep treatment areas sanitized and as free of germs as possible. Each ZeroGerm device actually makes use of the same type of ultraviolet light, but on a smaller scale. Once you place any object in this device and turn it on, the UV lights inside will start attacking any bacteria found on the object's surface, including salmonella, e-coli, and flu-related germs. While the removal of 100 percent of the bacteria on a particular object's surface isn't guaranteed, attacking and removing 99.9 percent of it is this device's goal.


  • Black or White

    When obtaining a ZeroGerm device, you'll be able to get one in a shade of black or a shade of white. You may want to go with the shade that best matches your smartphone, or just choose the shade you like best. If you find that the outside of your device looks boring while it's just black or white, you could always decorate it with stickers, too.

  • Compact and Portable

    Since each sanitization device is only about the size of a soap dish that you'd find in a household bathroom, you'll be able to carry yours almost anywhere with you. That means you'll never have to deal with a dirty, germ-infested smartphone that might make you sick while you're on vacation or a business trip! Your ZeroGerm will also double as a charger, as long as your phone's inside, so if you don't want to bring along a charging cord for the phone, you won't have to.

  • Compatible With Most Phones

    The occasional large smartphone or older cell phone may not fit in this device, but it'll hold the vast majority of cell phones and their cases. As a result, if you want to let a friend or family member sanitize or charge their phone by using your ZeroGerm, that will probably be possible.

  • Rechargeable

    This sanitization tool operates by battery, not electricity, which means you won't have to worry about finding an open electrical outlet when you want to use it. If you're transporting your device somewhere, you also won't have to make room for an extension cord. When the batteries in your device happen to die, you'll be able to recharge them—you can consult your instruction manual for more information on the recharging process.

  • Can Act As Diffuser

    If you add just a drop of essential oil to your ZeroGerm before you start up a sanitization cycle, it'll make whatever you're sanitizing smell extra-nice when it comes out of the device. Be careful that you don't allow any oil to dribble anywhere near the inside of a smartphone, though.

Positive Points

  • No Chemicals Used

    If you were to use chemicals to wipe down or spray off a dirty smartphone, there's a good chance that those chemicals could damage the phone, especially if used in liquid form. Fortunately, there are no chemicals (and no liquid) involved in the ZeroGerm sanitization process, and the UV lights inside each device are activated in a way that makes them extremely unlikely to damage your phone.

  • Sanitizes Writing Utensils

    Aside from smartphones, each sanitization tool will also sanitize common writing utensils such as pens, pencils, and markers, which often pick up a lot of bacteria. As more and more people use the same utensils, the amount of bacteria on their outer shells tends to grow and grow. If you place one of these writing implements in your ZeroGerm for one sanitization cycle, however, it'll come out almost 100 percent clean. The same goes for other objects that are frequently touched (perhaps by more than one person), like keys and sunglasses.

  • Promotes Good Health

    By keeping the small items you use on a daily basis free of bacteria, one of these devices will dramatically decrease the likelihood that you'll get sick. On the other hand, if you don't sanitize things like phones, keys, and pens, and frequently rub them against your hands or face, colds or other ailments may become a big part of your life. You can also sanitize a young child's things after they bring them home from school so that they won't carry germs from the classroom for too long.

Negative Points

  • Tablets Won't Fit

    Tablets are almost as popular as smartphones these days, and since many people use them while they're out in public, just as many germs can accumulate on their surfaces. Unfortunately, the ZeroGerm sanitization tool won't accommodate anything as large as a tablet, so if you want to effectively sanitize your tablet at home, you'll need to find another method of doing so.

Critical Advice

As alluded to above, putting essential oil on certain parts of a smartphone (or any digital device) can damage it. Therefore, if you add any essential oil to your sanitization device while your phone's inside, make sure the drop of oil you use is added to the very center of your smartphone's screen. This will prevent the oil from seeping into any ports or cracks on the back or sides of your phone, and damaging the mechanisms within.

Wise Advice

Do not buy ZeroGerm online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.

Wise Advice

Do not buy ZeroGerm online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.


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