dealsgermguardian® uv-c sanitizer wand for $29.99…

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Green alternative to toilet paper?

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Mixed reviews on Amazon .

It's a big tool..around 2 feet long. Amazon has it at 21 inches, the sellers website has it at over 24 inches.

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Perfect product -- convince people it will work, with no real way to know for sure...

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Disinfection of items or surfaces can generally be achieved by holding the UV-C Sanitizer Wand over an object or surface for 20 seconds at a distance of approximately 1-2 inches. - From webpage.

How wide of a beam does this shoot?

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Parents: please don't use or overuse things like these. Humans are born with an immune system for a reason and being exposed to certain germs will help build a strong immune system.

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How many other unverifiable things does this device do?

It kills cavities on your teeth if you stick it in your mouth.
If you wave it over your pet, it cures pet depression.
If you mount it to a wall, it slows down the aging process of the wood beams.

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UV Light can be Extremely damaging to many fabrics, furniture and other household surfaces. I agree with @zzzaap, I would rather let my immune system work its magic naturally.

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Totally thought that was a pregnancy test. My bad.

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Darth Vader approached airport security and the agent told him to lay the long thing on the scanner belt. Vader slowly growled, "No problem, Pal, but first you'll have to pry my UV-C Sanitizer Wand from my cold, dead hand." The agent paused a moment too long and Vader vaporized the uniformed piece of e coli, blew the smoke from the edge of his wand and walked on through. The Force was with him.

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Probably crap. Probably going to send you the same thing whether you order this or the refurb for $10 less. But I'll take a flyer. It is true as others have posted that we need a balance of germs. But I can see this being useful for keyboard, razor, toothbrush, shoes (partic. soles), and some other items that won't stand up to any wet cleaning. And the thing did get better than mediocre reviews at Woots's big Daddy site, Amazon.

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I just wrote a 1000 character reply and lost it, so I'm not feeling like going over the examples, right now, but I basically said that I have this and that it absolutely works. You can smell the difference in the treated areas. My shoe inserts that I use almost daily for high intensity sports can get pretty stinky and this wand will actually eliminate the odors. I've also used it to eliminate the odor of our baby's vomit. It works like magic. No joke. Any areas you treat will have a specific type of smell - sort of a fresh smell and it is something that is unmistakeable. It's not like you're be thinking, "hmmm... I THINK it's working". No, you'll actually recognize a specific smell that this creates, and if you're trying to eliminate odors, you'll also notice those are lessening with more and more exposure to the UV light, to where they are completely eliminated. You WILL know that it's working. Seriously. Hey look, I'm approaching 1000 characters again. Fast typer...

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There's a sucker born every minute

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Also makes a decent spot tanner...

*Don't cry to me when you get cancer and die.

**You're welcome to everyone else, now we're one less superficial Jersey Shorish person ;)

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UV rays do kill germs. Some public swimming pools use UV sanitation instead of dangerous chemicals.

This little hand-held model probably does squat though.

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@dazoneranger: That smell is called Ozone, and it's killing you.

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I can think of another excellent source of UV radiation. You know the sun? The giant ball of nuclear fusion that we have free access to for roughly 12 hours each day. It puts out an awful lot of UV too.

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Being hand-held and rather low powered (via batteries obviously) this item cannot be expected to work miracles, perhaps for shoes, keyboards, toothbrushes or other small items as previously mentioned but most anything more is a fairly unrealistic expectation and asking for disappointment.

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i worked for a company that sold uv sanitizing products (not this one, but im sure its practically identical) and i was a skeptic. i've seen test results and used a variety of UV-C products myself. First, no matter what, you do not use this on anything that's alive. No pets, plants or people. An accidental flash isn't going to send you into radiation poisoning, but the uv-c light interrupts the DNA of the organisms its exposed to, and then when they try to replicate, they explode. Does it work? Yes. For a product this size, don't expect to sanitize a bed, I'd say this is good for a cutting board or pillow or keyboard. about a minute slowly over the area and you'll eliminate viruses, bacteria, molds. and yes, the best way to tell that its working is the smell. if you use this on a ped bed, for example, you'll notice that the odor that was once there is gone, as it kills the odor causing bacteria. bottom line i reccomend it for keyboards because the light can get into the crevices

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all that said, i also agree that it shouldnt be used on every last thing, i'm all about moderation in all things, i dont carry hand sanitizer with me, but i wash my hands after i go to the bathroom. also, the effective distance for one of these is about 1/2 an inch from the bulb, so you want to get as close to the surface as possible, and the beam is pretty much ineffective after about 6 inches away. also, i can't speak for this company, but the one that i know most about doesn't produce ozone, that's a different wavelength, certainly close, but different. the fresh smell that people report is really the absence of the odor causing organisms. i know i sound like a commercial, but i come here looking for advice from people that know about products that im unfamiliar with and i saw a chance to offer this odd bit of info that i have

and don't worry darth vader, you can take it on a plane with you, there's no restrictions on these, and i've heard from many who've flown with one

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So how do you sanitize the germs that get on the handle of the wand?

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We use a UV hood in the lab to keep petri dishes sterile.

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When simply douching isn't enough.

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Probably would be a better alternative for my girlfriend's mother. She prefers to bleach just about every surface. I know, germs can be beneficial, we need them, I've told her plenty of times.

This will at least be better than bleach and that's all I care about at this point.

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Is there anything to prevent eye exposure to UV-C emitted from this? UV-C is really bad on the corneas.

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@scoobytx: Don't point it in your face?

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I don't know.... It looks like a newer version of the Continuum Transfunctioner.

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@iwantoneortwo: Leave no evidence - It also helps erase those easy to miss finger prints.

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Yeah, it will kill most germs leaving only those few that are the strongest to live on, thereby altering the micro-ecology for future generation. Technology at its finest!

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@kjlane: most UV-C devices I've seen either have safety interlocks to de-energize the UV bulb when the device is opened for servicing, or are built to be mounted so that the bulb won't be directly visible.

I'm thinking there weren't any safety consultants involved in the design of this thing. I hope they have good insurance, or very good lawyers.

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Will this cure herpes?
I mean if you.. I mean a friend had herpes.