UV Disinfection: How It Works & What To Buy!

UV Disinfection

Disinfect (almost) everything in your home!

When it comes to sanitization, many of us think of either a mixture of soap hot water or harsh chemicals – and plenty of them.

But what if you could clean things with light?

Well, you can. Using the UV spectrum, you can kill 99.9% of the germs that reside on just about any surface. That’s the power of uv disinfection.

Sound like science fiction? It’s isn’t! (Time to take off that tinfoil hat.)

Cleaning with UV light is actually one of the most effective methods of disinfection out there, and is used regularly in hygiene-strict contexts such as the medical industry and in laboratories.

UV light is a big deal when it comes to sanitization.

In this post, we’re going to enlighten you on what UV light is, and how UV-C light, specifically, can be used in lieu of common cleaning methods to sanitize objects that you don’t want to soap up and get wet.

We’ll cover the household items that might benefit from a water-free disinfection, and how you can invest in your very own at-home UV-C light hygiene device.

What is Ultraviolet Light?

Ultraviolet Light is a kind of electromagnetic radiation, it’s responsible for making your teeth and white t-shirt glow under black light at the club, or for giving you a decent tan – or an even worse sunburn whenever you’re out in the sun.

Electromagnetic radiation itself is emitted by the sun, in a range of different waves, and particles.

Within this radiation there are broader wavelengths, and they form the electromagnetic spectrum – this spectrum includes seven types of radiation – including radio waves, microwaves, infrared, X-rays, Gamma Rays, visible light, and Ultraviolet (UV) light.

UV light itself can be divided further into three types:

  1. UVA (or near UV)
  2. UVB (or middle UV)
  3. UVC (or far UV)

The markers of distance describe the differences between the subtypes of ultraviolet light, which is to say, the size of their wavelengths.

These three types of UV light have different effects, as well.

For example, it’s UVB that’s largely responsible for your tan, and whilst UVA might not make your skin darker, it works in tandem with UVB to do damage to your skin – which, if you’re not wearing sunscreen religiously, may result in wrinkles, skin cancer, or other health complications.

UVC light from the sun doesn’t make it past our ozone layer in any measurable amount. However, it’s this light that’s used for disinfecting all sorts of things from contaminated water, to aquariums, and food and beverage facilities and utensils.

It’s got the shortest wavelengths of all the Ultraviolet lights, and can therefore be used safely for sanitization purposes.

Obviously UV light doesn’t have to come from the sun alone, when it comes to using UV-C light for sanitation purposes, the UV-C light comes from an artificial source: often a lamp of some kind.

You might have been exposed to UV-C light emitting lamps already if you’ve ever used an tanning bed at the salon! You may also be familiar with UV lamps in the form of black lights at parties, and clubbing events. Party on, guys!

How does UV light disinfect?

Short wavelength ultraviolet light, aka UV-C light, kills microorganisms on the surface of an object by penetrating their cellular walls, and destroying both nucleic acid and DNA – effectively deactivating bacteria.

The radiation from UV-C light can penetrate the bodies of microorganisms, and disrupt the bonds between atoms. It basically breaks apart the bonds that keep bacteria alive.

Using UV-C light is a disinfection method that’s been used since the mid-20th century, and is so effective that it’s often used in hospitals, industrial kitchens and public institutions.

The sanitization effects of UV-C light has been found to be up to 99.9% effective.

An impressive score for disinfection without soaps, alcohols, or water and heat.

If you’re loving the sound of cleaning with light so far, you’re probably wondering if people use UV-C light sanitizing outside of the medical, culinary, and public arenas.

Luckily, there is now a domestic UV-C disinfection device you can purchase and use at home!

The UVee Clean Sanitization Unit

An at-home unit for adult toys, or just about anything else!Interested in harnessing the cleaning powers of UV-C light at home? There’s a sanitizing unit available to use at home, and it emits UV-C light to disinfect objects placed within it.

It’s called the UVee Clean – and it’s primary purpose is to sanitize adult toys; something that requires thorough disinfection for safety and hygiene.

But, hey: if you don’t want to sanitize adult toys, but instead other items – such as cutlery, TV remotes, or that surprisingly germ-laden smart phone of yours, the UVee Clean is your friend.

Wait, did you just say my smartphone is germ-laden?

Unfortunately, yes.

The dirty truth of the matter is that your smartphone is probably the dirtiest object in your home.

And yep, you press it against your face on the daily.

In 2009, a couple of researchers isolated the bacteria on the surface of a cell phone and found that amongst the population on your favorite device were such nasties as: E. Coli, and Staphylococcus Aureus.

The commonly found bacteria on a phone can lead to diseases and infections such as pink eye, staph infection, and even the flu.

Some of the bacteria found on a phone (especially those previously mentioned) are also largely antibiotic resistant – meaning that regularly cleaning your phone could be a matter of life and death.

Your smartphone is this dirty because of how beloved it is.

Most people whip out their phone at the dinner table, on public transport, and even on the toilet.

It’s exposed to your face’s orifices, to boot, and it’s not water resistant enough to wash in the sink to promote good hygiene.

Unsurprisingly, a smartphone is a veritable germ paradise.

Before you reach for the Dettol or alcohol (which don’t do the greatest job anyway, seeming you have to avoid certain parts of your phone – and alcohol may even damage your screen), consider using a UV-C sanitizing device.

The UVee Clean, isn’t just perfect for sex toys, is a perfect smartphone disinfectant.

It allows for chargers to feed through the device, meaning you can charge your smartphone as you kill 99.9% of the germs on its surface, all without exposing your smartphone to damaging elements such as alcohols, soaps, and water.

One UVee Clean can also charge and sanitize multiple smart phones at once, so it’s a great investment for the hygiene conscious family, or couple.

What other items can I clean with UV light at home?

Here’s a list of other germ-ridden items at home that would benefit from a cleanse using UV-C light:

  • TV remotes
  • Toothbrushes (especially the non water resistant parts of electric toothbrushes)
  • Earphone buds, and headphone cushion covers
  • Microphones / headsets
  • MP3 players and other small electronic devices
  • House keys
  • Computer mouse
  • Handheld controller
  • Children’s toys

If you have any items in your home that are regularly touched by hands, or exposed to the face in any way, and can’t be washed in the sink – those are the items most likely to be harboring months’ (if not years’) worth of bacteria, and are in need of a water-free cleanse using UV light.

Whilst many of us are exposed to plenty of potentially dangerous bacteria every day, you may have noticed you’re not always getting sick.

However, it can be a real trial if you live in a family home, and one member of the family comes down with the flu.

How do you keep that infection from spreading without quarantining the sick person?

Keeping heavily used items in the house germ-free is a great place to start, and as mentioned above, many of the items in a home that are touched often are the kind of objects you simply can’t wash in water.

How to Sanitize Your Cell Phone

And Other Household Products

Having a UVee Clean unit ready for situations like these will be a real god send if you’re looking to contain any one family member’s infection or illness.

The easiest and most effective sex toy cleaner: UV light.

The UVee Clean is primarily designed for cleansing adult toys – and for good reason.

UV-C light is the perfect disinfectant for adult toys, because it’s friendly for non-water-resistant motorized toys, and is more effective at killing harmful bacteria that, if left to proliferate, could lead to infection and the transfer of STDs.

Another big issue with cleaning adult toys is that most people just aren’t in the mood to get out of bed and give their toys a scrub in the sink after achieving an orgasm.

Orgasms are a major health boost, but let’s be honest here: most of us would rather turn over and have a nap after, not face some sex toy hygiene chores.

The UVee Clean is a plug and play unit, meaning you can keep it close at hand – ready to disinfect any item you place in it.

That means, after playing with your toy, you needn’t leave the room to properly sanitize it. Simply throw it into the UVee Clean, and you can roll over to enjoy your much needed post-O nap.

What is the UVee Clean and how does it work?

The UVee Clean is the only sanitizing, charging, lockable storage solution designed for using at home.

It’s a sanitizing unit made for disinfecting sex toys, but can be used for other small-medium sized items.

It’s a storage container, which cleanses its contents using UV-C rays emitted from inbuilt lamps.

It also has functionality to allow the charging of chargeable items, whilst they’re being disinfected.

You may not realize it just yet, but being able to charge items whilst they’re being disinfected is an absolute luxury. Gone would be the days where you grab for your vibrator (or even smartphone) to find it completely dead and in need of one hour on the charger.

With the UVee Clean, cleaning your tech is one in the same as charging it.

Lastly, the UVee Clean is lockable. Using an inbuilt pin code system the UVee Clean won’t only charge and disinfect your stuff, it’ll keep it super private, and super safe.

All in all, it’s a pretty useful and versatile piece of hygiene equipment that would come in handy in most homes, regardless of whether sex toys are being used.

The UVee Clean comes in two models:

UVee Clean HOME Play and GO Play

As the names suggest, the HOME Play unit is a little larger, and is designed for keeping at home. It has room for charging and cleansing up to 3 toys at once, and as such is not really designed to be lugged around.

The HOME Play takes 10 minutes to fully sanitize the items within it.

The GO Play unit is the more compact sibling of the UVee Clean models, and is designed for taking with you on out of town trips, or even just down the road – if there’s something that needs disinfecting when on the go.

It’s smaller in size, so easy to pack or carry, and as such only has the capacity to charge and disinfect one average sized toy.

The GO Play takes a super quick 5 minutes to sanitize the items within it.

Making it perfect for on-the-go disinfection whenever and wherever you need it most.
How to get the most out of UV light disinfection

If you’re using the UVee Clean, or any other UV-C disinfecting device, here’s a few best practice tips you should follow:

1. Wipe things down!

UV-C light can kill the bacteria on an object, but it can’t physically remove matter from it.

That means you need to either rinse, or wipe down particularly soiled objects before throwing them under a UV-C lamp for sanitization.

Baby or personal wipes are perfect for this purpose, and can be used on a range of at-home dirty objects such as TV remotes, children’s figurine toys, and even your own adult toys.

2. Give it sufficient time.

You’ll need to check the manual on whatever UV disinfectant device you’re using, but in the case of the UVee Clean, you’ll need to leave objects in the unit for between 5-10 minutes before they are disinfected.

Use a timer if you’re in a hurry, so that you don’t end up retrieving your item before it’s properly cleansed.

3. Keep silicone items separated.

If you’re using the UVee Clean for sex toys then you’ll want to pay extra attention to the materials of each of your toys if you’re planning on disinfecting them together.

Silicone has this nasty habit of damaging its like. If silicone toys are left touching each other, they will disfigure or even melt.

Even if you’re not using and cleaning silicone adult toys; heed our warning.

Plenty of other household items you might want to disinfect are made from silicone, for example: certain cooking utensils, and even children’s toys.

Luckily, the UVee Clean comes with separating racks, so that you can sanitize multiple silicone toys at once whilst keeping them from touching – maximizing the power of the UV disinfection.

4. Protect your things from nosey kids, and roommates.

If you’re cleansing objects you want to keep private, or just want to keep away from kids and house guests, then keep your UVee Clean locked, using the in-built passcode system.

If you’re not using the UVee Clean, but something else without an inbuilt lock, then keep it out of reach and out of sight, preferably somewhere private in your home.

Don’t expose your skin to your UV-C disinfecting device
Although we previously mentioned that some tanning beds use UV-C light, it’s important to remember that UV-C light is still radiation.

For that reason, you’re better off safe than sorry by avoiding contact between your skin and a UV-C lamp.

When using the UVee Clean, which works as an enclosed container, as long as you’ve got the lid down, you’re safe.

5. Keep items clean after sanitization by bagging them.

If you’ve just disinfected an item, and want to keep it that way, don’t just throw it into a mothball ridden drawer, or onto a germy table top, try keeping it in some sort of material bag (satin works best, especially for silicone toys which love to attract fluff).

Plastic bags don’t work so well, as they don’t allow for ‘breathing’ – meaning condensation could form on the inside of your bag and compromise the hygiene of your item.

Even if you’re not sanitizing sex toys but other household items, keeping things in satin baggies after they’ve been disinfected is a great way of keeping them safe from unnecessary exposure to germs.

Things like earphones can be kept in a satin bag instead of directly in your lint filled jeans’ pocket, or loose in your handbag _ jostling for space between your used tissues and dirty loose change.

It’s nice to know that when you do have to put in your earphones that you’re not giving a free ride to a bunch of microbes into your ear canal!

Obviously this storage method doesn’t work too well for well-used items such as smart phones, which wouldn’t last the hour tucked away in a bag.

For items such as these, a regular cleanse in your UVee Clean will have to do.

Why should you clean with light?

You can finally clean the most unhygienic items you own.

When we think of dirty items in the home, we usually think of the toilet seat – but the disturbing fact of the matter is that your toilet seat is far cleaner than your smartphone, or even your computer’s mouse.

A toilet seat is actually one of the cleaner things in your home, simply because it’s not exposed much to a diversity of foreign bacteria. Bare bottoms are actually quite pristine in comparison to our hands which touch countless foreign items throughout the day.

And while you can wash your hands, you unfortunately can’t soak your phone or television remote in the sink.

It’s for this reason that these items become covered in potentially harmful bacterial colonies: they just can’t be washed.

When was the last time you, or someone you knew, thought to wash your phone or house keys?

Just because we collectively assume it’s ok to let these items go unwashed doesn’t mean we’re protected against the infections and diseases they potentially carry and spread.

That’s why, if you’re serious about hygiene and health, you want to consider investing in a UV-C light disinfection device.

And when it comes to price point, and ease of use, the UVee Clean is probably your best bet.

It’s appropriately sized for the kind of items you’ll need to cleanse using UV light, and it’s also designed to cleanse those household items that are particularly dangerous when left improperly washed: adult toys.

With an UVee Clean in your home, you can regularly disinfect that dirtier-than-your-toilet-seat smartphone of yours, and any other objects that run the risk of spreading germs (does your two-year-old love chewing on your house keys, for example?)

Don’t skip cleaning the dirtiest items in your home simply because they can’t be washed with water, it’s time to start washing these infection-carriers with light.
With light, you can reach a whole new level of cleanliness

While most things in your home can be soaped up and washed off with ease, it won’t matter much if other household items are left to become dirtier, and dirtier with age.

With a UVee Clean in your home (or other UV-C disinfecting device) you’ll be able to cover all your hygiene bases.

It should be concerning to most of us that our dirtiest items are not only the unwashable ones, but the ones we hold close – sometimes close to our most vulnerable features, such as our eyes and mouths.

If you’re concerned about hygiene for health reasons, or have a busy home full of roommates or kids, then you’ll want to confront those little harbingers of illness in your home: those non washables, and of course, your special toys.

Whatever your cleaning needs, know that there is another option besides the kitchen sink: and that’s light. If you have any questions regarding uv disinfection, please reach out to us.