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Self cleaning telephone handset

No more dirty earpiece
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I'm sorry if i'm being picky, but many of times when i've used someone elses phone the earpiece is filthy. Now i'm not going to stand there and clean it. How about telephone handsets that sanatise themselves when the reciever is replaced. Surely it can't be that hard......... can it.
Turkish, Aug 24 2007

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       How does this work?
skinflaps, Aug 24 2007
  

       Suppose dry steam would work, Or just a mechanical device built in to give it a little scrub.....
Turkish, Aug 24 2007
  

       you know those little paper doodahs that you can slip over public loo seats? what about lickle paper telephone covers.
po, Aug 24 2007
  

       //what about lickle paper telephone covers.//   

       For ears.
skinflaps, Aug 24 2007
  

       of course.
po, Aug 24 2007
  

       Would that not make them ear covers?
wagster, Aug 24 2007
  

       This idea really needs more substance (and I'm not talking about earwax)as it stands it simply comes across as a WIBNI and a bit of a rant.
skinflaps, Aug 24 2007
  

       How about a hot, steam bath, then a lashing sesssion with fresh leaves, and a plunge into ice cold water?
You just invented a Turkish Phone bath - how perfectly appropriate.
xenzag, Aug 24 2007
  

       More sterilization freaks trying to make us all into bubble-boys. A little invisible earwax residue from the last guy never bothered me one bit.
globaltourniquet, Aug 24 2007
  

       Seeing as we are all descended from the telephone sanitizers on the B ark you would think this would be instinctive.   

       Oh, and [globaltourniquet], please don't tempt me to post about a glory hole sanitizer.
Galbinus_Caeli, Aug 24 2007
  

       Oh, come on, [G_C]...
globaltourniquet, Aug 25 2007
  

       //what about lickle paper telephone covers.//   

       Um.. Hmmm. [po], can I ask what exactly using a "Lickle" paper telephone cover entails? I'm not sure that it's exactly in the vein of this idea. If I don't want my ear to touch it, I'm pretty sure I don't want my tongue anywhere near it.   

       That said, it'd be easy to have a couply of UV LED's built into the holder. It wouldn't exactly clean the earpiece, but at least it'd sterilise it. Or you could build the holder such that to withdraw the earpiece, you had to "scrub" it past a brush or felt pad or something.   

       Can I point out the recent surge in "there must be a way" ideas, that state a problem, but don't pose any solution? I didn't think that was exactly kosher.   

       Not that I can really talk, I haven't posted an idea in months.
Custardguts, Aug 26 2007
  

       <puts lickle paper cover over tongue> licks custard.   

       mmmm! </plpcot>
po, Aug 26 2007
  
      
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