12 Nifty UV Light Sanitizers To Sterilize Your Phone, Surfaces And More

Danielle Gonzalez
·2 min read

HuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Prices and availability subject to change.

UV light sanitizers use UV-C light to eliminate germs and bacteria by sanitizing items like phones, keys and surfaces. But, how do UV light sanitizers work? (Amazon)
UV light sanitizers use UV-C light to eliminate germs and bacteria by sanitizing items like phones, keys and surfaces. But, how do UV light sanitizers work? (Amazon)

Between endless hand washing and Lysol spraying, we’ve all grown more cautious about keeping our hands and the surfaces we touch clean because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It was only a matter of time that someone came up with high-tech approach to our sanitation struggle, and it’s name is UV light.

While UV light sanitizers aren’t new, there’s been increased interest in small UV light sterilizers and sanitizers for personal use over the past few months. Even the MTA is using UV light to disinfect the subways (though perhaps not fast enough for New Yorkers who learned that evidence of the bubonic plague was found in 2015 at subway points across the city).

Earlier this year, HuffPost Finds reviewed PhoneSoap, one of the first popular UV light sanitizer device on the market. Since, a wide range of similar UV light products have made their debut.

Despite evidence of UV sanitation being used for more than a century, there’s still little modern research so far on the efficacy of UV sanitizers, and no single UV sanitizer product has been approved by the FDA — but that they’re working on it.

One thing is clear: More research is needed to know whether UV light can kill coronavirus.

How do UV sanitizers work?

UV light sterilizers use short-wavelength ultraviolet light to safely sanitize small personal items such as phones, keys and credits cards. (happyphoton via Getty Images)
UV light sterilizers use short-wavelength ultraviolet light to safely sanitize small personal items such as phones, keys and credits cards. (happyphoton via Getty Images)

UV light sterilizers use short-wavelength ultraviolet light to sanitize small personal items such as phones, keys and credits cards, as well as larger surfaces.

Ultraviolet light has been shown to neutralize airborne microbes so they become inactive. Short-wavelength UVC light “can kill airborne flu viruses without harming human tissues,” according to a 2018 study at the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center.

While UV light could be a proven way to disinfect surfaces, it’s probably not the most accessible or reliable method, and shouldn’t be your only way of...

Continue reading on HuffPost