Six months ago, I thought I was a clean and hygienic person, but the thought of sterilising day to day items never even crossed my mind. In hindsight, while I did wipe down things like my phone down with steriwipes on occasion, it was quite rare, which is a little disgusting once you think about it.
Since then our world has been turned upside down, and it is unlikely things will return to normal any time soon. Everyone is constantly washing and sterilising their hands, and we have become acutely aware of the need to sterilise everything we come into contact with.
Washing out hands with soap is the best solution, but when it comes to cleaning down surfaces in or out of the home it can become impractical. Products that sterilise surfaces properly tend to be quite harsh, the hand santiser that many of us have struggled to get hold of uses isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume) which can cause damage to products and is harsh on our skin.
One solution many people have started to use is UV sterilisation.
UV Light & Sterilisation
UV light is often associated with the sun and getting burnt and the cancerous damage that can cause. But not all UV light is the same UV light waves vary in length from 100 to 400 nanometres.
There are three main groups of UV light
- UVA rays have the least energy among UV rays. These rays can cause skin cells to age and can cause some indirect damage to cells’ DNA. UVA rays are mainly linked to long-term skin damage such as wrinkles, but they are also thought to play a role in some skin cancers.
- UVB rays have slightly more energy than UVA rays. They can damage the DNA in skin cells directly, and are the main rays that cause sunburns. They are also thought to cause most skin cancers.
- UVC rays have more energy than the other types of UV rays. They typically react with ozone high in our atmosphere and don’t reach the ground. But UVC rays can also come from some man-made sources, such as arc welding torches and mercury lamps,
It is the UCC rays that have been used extensively in the past to sterilise products, it is one of the main things that is used to sanitising drinking water
UV-C Light and Covid-19
Though there hasn’t been any research looking at how UVC affects Covid-19 specifically, studies have shown that it can be used against other coronaviruses, such as Sars. The radiation warps the structure of their genetic material and prevents viral particles from making more copies of themselves.
This has led to many companies using UVC as part of their fight against Covid 19. In China, whole buses are being driven into UVC emitting containers each night to sterilise them.
This has therefore caused an explosion in consumer-orientated devices to help sterilise things within our home without the need harsh chemicals such as very strong alcohol or bleach.
One such company trying to make a name for themselves is Anti-Viral UV Lamps, which as you might be able to guess, specialises in antiviral UV lamps.
They currently sell two products with another that is available for pre-order
UV Phone Steriliser
This is a clever concept, aimed at people wanting to be able to sterilise surfaces on the go, it plugs into your phones USB or lightning port and emits a strong, focussed UV-C light to sterilise the surfaces you point it at.
Buy the UV Phone Steriliser
UV Wand for sterilising any surface
For use within your home, there is the larger Anti-Viral UV Wand which the company claim to be widely used within hospitals, care homes, cleaning companies and family homes.
With this you have a handheld device that can sterilise a much larger area quickly compared to the phone steriliser so you can use it on work surfaces, or to sterilise your phone after use, or just any surface that you have touch when coming from the outside.
This device uses 2xAAA batteries and the lamp has a 5W output.
Buy the UV Wand
Anti-Viral UV Lamps Limited a company approved for a Government-backed Start Up Loan in May 2020
Start-Up Loans are government-backed and charge a fixed interest rate of 6% per year. To qualify for the loan, a company must show a strong and viable business plan