Safe Tech that Protects You from Germs

Safe Tech that Protects You From Germs | 40Tech

With fall now in full swing and winter just around the corner, people are putting on their “germaphobe” hats, armored t-shirts and gloves — and, of course, posts about ways to protect yourself from the invisible nasties have started to hit the blogosphere.  One such post, just today on My Life Scoop, detailed some tech solutions to combat germs that I thought I would share with you; two, in particular. After all, tech isn’t always about computers and related objects and software… a fact that I need to remind myself of, on occasion.

UV-C Light

This is based on a specific frequency of ultraviolet light that kills germies dead. Apparently it kills more that 99% of many common molds, allergens, bacteria, germs, etc, and is clean, affordable, and safe for all surfaces. This is what they use to sterilize things in some hospitals. You can get it in a Guardian Mini Wand, or in a Halo vacuum (which, is apparently a good thing, as, accourding to the article, a square inch of carpet holds about four times as many germs as a “typical” toilet seat… freaky, eh?).


Pick up a steam mop, like Steamboy by Reliable, if you want to scald the germs off of your kitchen and bathroom floor. It works well, and refills are cheap.

Check out the article below for the full list of four.

4 High-Tech Weapons for the War Against Germs [My Life Scoop]

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  1. Ack! I though this article was going to showcase tech that killed the germs on keyboards and mice in public places.

    Ive just inherited a PC at uni and its been used X amount of people. Im like washing my hands 10 times more daily now.

  2. Yep, that UV-C wand is exactly what we need for computers and shared tech items. A couple of years ago I was in a group that was getting into “extreme programming,” including sharing a keyboard with a partner all day! Talk about “Ack!” I can just imagine saying, “Just give me a minute…let me hold this UV-C wand over the keyboard..” when it’s my turn. ;) Would be great for any yucky shared items!

  3. Unsure if you know but there are keyboards now coated with something or made with some sort of plastic that inhibits the growth of bacteria.

    I think they are expensive tho.

    /just searched but couldn’t find them lol but I assure you they do exist. I have no idea on how effective they are tho.

    • Thanks for the tip, Dave — I think that substance would be Microban. It’s actually mentioned as the 4th item in the original My Life Scoop post. They didn’t mention keyboards specifically though. Microban isn’t designed to kill germs, as you say it is more of a way to keep the nasties from taking root.

  4. My toothbrush has a uv sanitizer and I also always wipe my keyboard, phone, remote control, cell, etc. With antibacterial wet wipes…….

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