THE CLEAN CLUB
Germicidal UV cleaners protect consumers from common pathogens
Check out the following devices and gadgets that clean various objects (a car, a water bottle, and a phone, respectively) using germicidal ultraviolet light, giving consumers protection and peace of mind when it comes to common pathogens that lead to illnesses such as the common cold, influenza, and more.
THE WELLNESS POD FROM YANFENG
Last fall, Yanfeng released the Wellness Pod, an antimicrobial ultraviolet cleaner that can be attached to a car headliner to purportedly kill 99.9% of germs in the vehicle. The Wellness Pod emits invisible ultraviolet rays that sanitize the air inside a car, and the device can also expel fresh-smelling aromas (Yanfeng even claims some of the four scents can help mitigate motion sickness). For a full cleaning, the Wellness Pod recirculates the air inside the vehicle using an HVAC system—a process which takes around 30 minutes and requires the car to be empty—but users can also activate a quick-clean function that requires less time. Such a device has promising implications for ride-sharing vehicles in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The LARQ water bottle is “the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system.” The stainless steel bottle contains a UV-C purification light, activated by a button at the top of the bottle, and offers two purification modes: adventure and normal. Both modes kill over 99% of germs, but a normal mode cycle takes 60 seconds and adventure mode takes three minutes and has a slight edge over normal mode (as slightly more power is needed for bottles that are taken hiking or camping, for example). The LARQ bottle itself requires charging, but a single charge allows for up to two months of ‘normal mode’ use. LARQ’s 17 oz. bottle format retails for $95, and the 25 oz. size is $118.
Did you know that a cell phone holds 18 times more bacteria than various surfaces in a public restroom? The makers behind PhoneSoap tout this stat to spread awareness around how phones are more likely to go unnoticed in cleaning efforts compared to, say, bathroom door handles or toilet seats. Enter PhoneSoap, a device that sanitizes a phone in as little as ten minutes. The device itself is a small box that sports two UV-C-emitting light bulbs. Such UV-C light is germicidal: it works by dismantling bacteria at the level of its DNA, rendering it essentially functionless. In this way, PhoneSoap is able to eradicate 99.9% of common germs found on a phone’s surface.