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Is a UV Wand Safer than Disinfectant Spray?

Who feels good about spraying small droplets of N-alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chlorides all over their home?

According to, which rates household products on their impact on health and the environment, these quaternary ammonium chlorides have been linked to asthma, as well as birth defects and fertility issues.

Still, it’s surfaces like telephones, doorknobs and computer keyboards that harbor unsuspecting germs and help spread illnesses through an entire family.

James M. Steckelberg, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic says that, “the length of time that cold or flu germs can survive outside the body on an environmental surface, such as a doorknob, varies greatly.  But the suspected range is from a few seconds to 48 hours, depending on the specific virus and the type of surface.”

Flu viruses tend to live longer on surfaces than cold viruses do.  It is generally believed that cold and flu viruses live longer on nonporous surfaces, such as plastic, metal, or wood, than they do on porous surfaces such as fabrics, skin, or paper.

This is where the natural germ-fighting properties of a UV light come in handy.  A UV sterilizing wand kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses when you simply wave it over soft or hard surfaces.

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