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What is Ultraviolet Light?

Ultraviolet (UV) light is a short wavelength light invisible to the human eye. When it comes to wavelengths, lights in our homes and outdoors are a longer wavelength light while X-rays are a shorter wavelength light. UV falls between the two.

The sun puts out three different types of ultraviolet light: UVA light, UVB light and UVC light. The first two are let into the atmosphere in various intensities and are what cause wrinkles, sunburns, etc. UVC light is almost completely absorbed by the earth’s ozone layer, so it's generally the one that people are less familiar with - but it's powerful none the less. 

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How can Ultraviolet Light Kill Germs?

It was discovered in the late 1800s that UVC light can actually be used as a UV light sanitizer with the ability to kill up to 99.9% of germs. The technology was put to use in the early 1900s in Europe for water purification and is still used today.

Without getting too technical, a UVC light sanitizer acts by penetrating the thin wall of a small microscopic organism and destroying its nucleic acids. This disrupts the DNA structure and either kills it or renders it unable to reproduce - and therefore harmless. As a result, the use of UVC light to sanitize and kill germs has many applications.


Verilux CleanWave UV Light Sanitizer Wand

The CleanWave UV-C Light Sanitizer Wand by Verilux uses UV-C light technology in a travel-sized wand, allowing you to carry it with you wherever you go. Our UV light sanitizer wand kills virus germs, bacteria that cause odors and make us sick, certain molds, other allergens and more. It is completely chemical free and can be used on cell phones, remote controls, counter tops, toilets, bathroom and kitchen sinks and just about any other surface you would come into contact with.

The CleanWave UVC Light Wand features a wristband, safety shut-off feature, a low-battery warning, and easy push-button operation. While it is great on many household, office and travel items, it is not for use on food, people or pets.

 

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Reviews of the CleanWave UV-C Light Sanitizer Wand

“This Verilux CleanWave UVC light wand is easy to use and is light and a good size. It’s perfect to bring along when traveling, which is when I use it most.”   -Susan

“This UV-C Light wand is a great device and I use it to sanitize bags, backpacks, counters and even large items like furniture and mattresses. It does take a little time because of its compact size but it works like a charm. Make sure you use a fresh set of AA batteries and not used ones. It will affect performance.”   -Dave

“Viruses and bed bugs watch out! My family and I bring the UV light sanitizer on vacations and trips and zap all the surfaces that are highly used in hotel rooms. I’m hardly a germ-a-phobe but pretty much just want to get rid of the worst stuff. Seems like a great product.”   -Charles

 

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Verilux CleanWave UV Light Sanitizer Vacuum

The CleanWave Portable Sanitizing Vacuum is also a UV light sanitizer but in the form of a hand-held vacuum. Rather than travel with you, this sanitizing vacuum is a perfect addition to your home and always there when you need it. From viruses and bacteria to pet odors and allergens, this CleanWave vacuum will kill up to 99.9% of germs. It features 400 watts of reliable power and a bag-less design that is easy to empty, as well as a cyclonic air system that keeps fine dust and debris away from the filter so it won’t clog easily. Its design also implements a two-stage allergen filter so pollutants and germs don’t get recirculated into the air.

 

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Reviews of the CleanWave UV-C Light Sanitizer Vacuum

"I bought this Verilux UV-C vacuum to clean my mattress and its simple to use. I usually use it even with the mattress pad on and I got an amazing amount of pollen from my mattress. I discovered that if I move it slowly it works better and the UV-C light stays on."   -Joyce

"Couldn’t believe this picks up as much as it does. When I first used it I couldn’t tell it was picking up much, but when I went to empty it, it was amazing; It picked up so much stuff that the eye doesn’t usually see and more. Definitely fooled me for the better. It is a strong vacuum and the UV sanitizing light does its job. Perfect for areas where pets are, your mattress, sofas & chairs, pillows, etc. Perfect for allergic people."   -Susan

"I use my UV sanitizer at my house and at my mother’s. She is 85 and has multiple air-borne allergies and this works well with the air sanitizer in her home. I also have developed allergies to dust mites and find that running this over my mattress and curtains every couple weeks helps a lot and I can breathe better."   -Rose

 

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