4 High-Tech Weapons for the War Against Germs

by Linsey Knerl on 29 September 2010 2 comments
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Eww! It’s germ season, and as kids go back to school and adults head into work, all kinds of illnesses are being introduced into the air around us.  Here is a quick rundown of what technology can offer in today’s “germ warfare” in a preview of the full list on My Life Scoop.

UV-C Light

This super-popular technology can kill more than 99% of many common types of germs, bacteria, mold and allergen, sans chemicals, of course. The “UV-C” represents the same UV light that gets filtered by our Earth’s atmosphere, with the “c” portion referring to the particular germ-fighting frequency of that light. Where can you find this type of germ-stopping tool? One option is in your vacuum. Since so many creepy crawly things live where you walk and play, it’s no wonder that companies like Oreck have decided to incorporate UV-C into their new Halo vacuums. With sobering statistics on just how many germs can live in a square inch of carpet (4x as many as a typical toilet seat, for example*), it’s no wonder many people are willing to upgrade their standard vacuum to include the same technology that’s used to disinfect drinking water and sterilize operating rooms.

But what about those places you go where stashing a vacuum isn’t practical? The Germ Guardian Mini Wand is a sanitizer that you can stash into a backpack or a drawer in your office. It uses the same UV technology mentioned before, and cleans computer equipment, cell phones, toys, countertops, sinks, showers and toilets just by passing the light over the surface. It can keep odors and allergens at bay, as well!

Pros: Clean, affordable, and versatile. It uses no chemicals and is safe for all surfaces.

Cons: Prolonged exposure to eyes can cause irritation.

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Microban

One of the best ways to keep germs under control is to prevent them from sticking around in the first place. As you venture out into your local store, you may see shopping carts with the “microban” sign. This new kind of plastic is made from antimicrobrial components that protect products from bacteria, mold and in some cases algae that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration. It is easier to keep your products clean if they contain Microban (and as such, can be easier to disinfect!)

Pros: Microban is a passive system. Once you buy something with Microban in it, there is nothing you need to do!

Cons: It is not designed to kill germs on contact. It simply inhibits the growth of microbes within and on the surface of the product.

With all the new advances in germ-fighting, it’s safe to say that we have a better chance than ever to overcome the difficulties of keeping things clean. What are your favorite methods of kicking common bugs to the curb?  Let us know at the full My Life Scoop article!

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Melanie

OMG ... germs are NOT our enemies. The vast majority of germs cause no harm whatsoever and some are down right beneficial. Besides, how will your body ever recognize a germ and protect you against it if you never introduce your defense mechanism to the 'enemy'?

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Kristine

I agree with Melanie. We have become such a germophobic society. This is why more kids have asthma and other respiratory illnesses. People need to use common sense instead of fear when making decisions. I cannot remember the last time I got food poisoning and I do not have microban countertops. And I only clean my countertops and my sinks once a week.