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Published on December 16th, 2012 | by Kira

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Verilux Light Wand: Cleaning With Light

Working in labs and doing surgeries for a few years can really enlighten someone to what is sterile, normal, or infected. You learn to love the smell of rubbing alcohol and have an increased awareness of contamination around you. I no longer work in a lab and since I live in NYC, I had to accept germs, but I still like to keep my home as clean as possible.

While I am ok with using some chemicals at my home, you can not spray down or wash everything, like my bed and comfy armchairs. For these the Verilux CleanWave Sanitizing Light Wand comes in handy. This new technology is all about killing germs, mold, and bacteria, including the H1N1 virus, E. coli, MRSA, dust mites, and flea eggs. It even says that by the second use the wand over a surface it will have killed up to 99.9% of the germs. This wand uses a UV-C light to zap all the bacteria. Apparently, what actually happens is that the UV-C light penetrates micro-organizism’s cell membranes and damages the DNA. We’ve tried Verilux gear before, and liked some of the previous models, like the UV Sanitizing Vacuum.

The wand is very easy to use. All you have to do is wave it over the surface you wish to clean. It comes with a timer to give you an idea how long you have been going over a surface, which is good, since one swipe does not quite cut it. If you really want something clean, you can easily spend half an hour going over a bed or a couch. Lucky for us, the wand is light weight at 1.3 pounds. Half an hour is about how long the charge lasts on the wand, but you can plug it in again and it should be good to go in about an hour. You can also use the wand while it is plugged in. There is a catch when using this wand, it has a safety feature that turns off the light when it is not pointed down. As much as I do not want to be exposed to UV-C light, this makes cleaning the sides of anything very difficult. The other odd ball thing, is that, you do not really feel satisfied after using it. There is no proof that it has cleaned anything unless your run scientific tests.

If you have allergies, surfaces that can not be cleaned by normal means, or just want to weed chemicals out of your home the Verilux CleanWave Sanitizing Light Wand, for $90, might be a great answer for you. For the most part, I feel I keep my place clean enough to not need one for that price, but I do not have any little kids or anyone with allergies to worry about.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.



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