Utah company invents mask sanitizing machine to help hospitals

Nov 20, 2020, 5:26 PM | Updated: 6:49 pm
Utah company invents mask sanitizing machine to help hospitals...
Provo-based PhoneSoap has invented a machine that uses UV light to sanitize masks. They have donated several to healthcare agencies in Utah. (Photo: PhoneSoap)
(Photo: PhoneSoap)

PROVO – PhoneSoap is known for making UV sanitizers for phones and other electronics. Now, they have helped invent a mask sanitizing machine that is being used at local hospitals. 

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals were dealing with shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE).

PhoneSoap co-founder Wesley LaPorte says several health care agencies around the state asked them to figure out a way to disinfect and extend the life of badly needed PPE. 

“[Many masks] perform best when they’re used once and then thrown away. But there was a critical need where [hospital workers] were using them for multiple days,” LaPorte says. 

Fellow co-founder Dan Barnes agrees. 

“It was very important to find some solution to cover that gap between when they could get enough supplies in,” Barnes says.  

LaPorte says Dr. Michael Osborn at Utah Valley Hospital helped the company develop the mask sanitizing machine so it wouldn’t damage masks. 

“There were some studies that came out earlier in the year that showed the effectiveness of certain dosages of UV light on disinfecting masks,” Laporte says. 

Once the company figured out the right amount of UV light to use, the machines were developed to hold multiple masks at a time without touching. 

PhoneSoap has donated the mask sanitizer machines to Utah Valley Hospital and the Utah Health Department. 

They plan on distributing them to other hospitals around the country soon. 

They are also telling people not to put their masks in their personal PhoneSoap machines. It will damage the masks, and they will become unusable. 


Similar Articles:

BYU nanofiber technology making more effective face masks

Utah company, Sarcos Robotics named a finalist in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards

What should I look for in a hand sanitizer?



Today’s Top Stories


FILE - A Tesla owner charges his vehicle at a charging station in Topeka, Kan., Monday, April 5, 20...

US report: nearly 400 crashes of automated tech vehicles

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cautioned against using the numbers to compare automakers,
15 days ago
Iran digital intrusion...
Curt Gresseth

Don’t get hacked. Protect your online data by being cyber-ready.

A cyber-security says defend yourself against hackers by being cyber-ready.
2 months ago
The gold star on your license will be needed if you want to fly in the next year....
Dan Bammes

Your driver’s license needs this if you want to fly in the next year

The gold star on your driver's license will be needed for anyone 18 and older. Most people have been getting them as they've renewed their licenses over the past four or so years.
2 months ago
FILE - The Twitter splash page is seen on a digital device, Monday, April 25, 2022, in San Diego. E...
KELVIN CHAN AP Business Writer

Musk’s Twitter ambitions to collide with Europe’s tech rules

Europe's Digital Services Act requires big tech companies to police their platforms more strictly or face billions in fines.
2 months ago
secondary water davis weber...
Chandler Holt

WSU achieves water conservation goals four years early

Over 5 years ago, Weber State University set a water conservation goal to reduce campus water usage by 30% by 2025, a goal they achieved in 2021.
2 months ago
FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award i...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

He says the social media platform he has criticized for not living up to free speech principles needs to be transformed as a private company.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Utah company invents mask sanitizing machine to help hospitals