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 soapy 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 instead of other cleaning methods to disinfect objects that you don’t want to soap up and get wet.

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

What is Ultraviolet Light?

Ultraviolet (UV) Light is a kind of electromagnetic radiation. It’s responsible for making your 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. They form the electromagnetic spectrum – this spectrum includes seven types of radiation – including radio waves, microwaves, infrared, x-rays, gamma rays, visible light, and UV light.

UV light can be divided further into three types:

  1. UV-A (or near UV)
  2. UV-B (or middle UV)
  3. UV-C (or far UV)

The size of wavelengths describe the differences between the subtypes of UV light.

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

For example, UV-B is largely responsible for your tan. While UV-A might not make your skin darker, it works in tandem with UV-B to damage your skin. If you’re not wearing sunscreen religiously, this may result in wrinkles, skin cancer, or other health complications.

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

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

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 a tanning bed at the salon! You may also be familiar with UV lamps in the form of black lights at parties and club 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 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 have a rate of up to 99.9% efficacy, 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!

Are you 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 its primary purpose is to clean 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 smartphone of yours, the UVee Clean is your friend.

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

Unfortunately, yes. Your smartphone is probably the dirtiest object in your home. And yep, you press it against your face on the daily.

In fact, there are nearly 30,000 bacteria per square inch on your 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. Regularly cleaning your phone could indeed be a matter of life and death.

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

Most people whip out their phones 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 best job anyway - seeming you have to avoid certain parts of your phone and alcohol may even damage your screen), consider using a UV-C cleaning device.

The UVee Clean isn’t just perfect for sex toys. It’s a perfect smartphone disinfectant.

It allows 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 cleaning multiple smartphones 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 you touch regularly touched or expose to your face 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 need a water-free cleanse using UV light.

While 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. 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 godsend 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 a good reason.

UV-C light is the perfect disinfectant for adult toys. It’s friendly for non-water-resistant motorized toys and is more effective at killing harmful bacteria that, if left to breed, 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 scrub their toys in the sink after achieving an orgasm.

Orgasms are a significant 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.

After playing with your toy, you needn’t leave the room to sanitize it properly. 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 cleaning, charging, lockable storage solution designed for using at home.

It’s 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.

It also has the functionality to charge electronic items while disinfecting them. 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 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 valuable and versatile piece of hygiene equipment that would come in handy in most homes, regardless of whether or not you use sex toys.

The UVee Clean HOME Play unit has enough room for charging and cleansing up to 3 toys at once. It works as a cleaner, a charger, and a secure storage unit - all at once!

 

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.

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. You can try this on a range of at-home dirty objects such as TV remotes, children’s 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 ilk. 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 while keeping them from touching – maximizing the power of the UV disinfection.

4. Protect your things from nosy 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. You’re better off safe than sorry by avoiding contact between your skin and a UV-C lamp.

When using the UVee Clean, you’re safe as long as you’ve got the lid down.

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 tabletop. Try keeping it in some sort of material bag (satin works best, especially for silicone toys that love to attract fluff).

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

Even if you’re not sanitizing sex toys, keeping things in satin baggies after they’ve been disinfected is an excellent 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 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!

This storage method doesn’t work too well for well-used items such as smartphones, 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 shockingly, your toilet seat is far cleaner than your smartphone or even your computer’s mouse.

A toilet seat is one of the cleaner things in your home, simply because it’s not exposed much to a diversity of foreign bacteria. Bare bottoms are quite pristine compared 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.

For this reason, 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 okay to let these items go unwashed doesn’t mean we’re safe against the infections and diseases they potentially carry and spread.

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. 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 you can’t wash them 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 concern 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 intimate 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.