“Verilux sanitizing appliances use safe and powerful UV-C light to deliver an odorless, chemical-free way to reduce germs, viruses, bacteria, dust mite and flea eggs (biological contaminants) on household surfaces…”

Wait, wait!! UV? As in UltraViolet rays? For cleaning?

Hearing about UV used as an effective way to clean, really surprised me.

After all, when one first hears the term UV, otherwise known as ultraviolet (rays), one would think of “harm” or “danger”! The three people I asked, just to test my theory, all responded in this way.

So I did some research. I was dumbfounded when I realized how really prejudiced many can be without real knowledge. I kind of felt sorry because little did I realize that actually UV has been always part of my life, especially in a quickly modernizing technological word.

Naturally, we get our daily exposure to UV from the sun. In fact, we use UV coming from the sun in a lot of beneficial ways besides tanning or drying up the laundry. Every cleaned your house? Remember taking out the sofas and cushions out in the sun? My mother always told me that besides drying them up, the rays from the sun actually kills the bugs (and maybe even some unwanted microbes) in them. These rays are actually not just hot sun rays, but specifically they are UV rays- rays that can be classified into different groups according to their use or wavelength. It’s all scientific.

Understanding this natural state in which UV reaches us, of course with the increasing demand of today’s hectic lifestyle it is imperative that we find ways to utilize UV while minimizing, if not eradicating, its ill effects.

One such is way is by utilizing the benefit of using UV for sanitization of our surroundings. Specifically speaking, the type of UV known as the UV-C. With the discovery of what already was, and then utilizing ways to harness it, many companies now, especially in developed countries are opting to use UV-C as a quick and efficient ways to sanitize surroundings. UV-C has been made portable through the use of ‘wands’ or light bulbs that kill harmful microbes. In fact, there is a developing technology that harnesses UV (though probably of another type) that is used to sanitize the air. This rising trend is due to not only the effectiveness of UV but for other benefits that are not usually readily achieved when cleansing surroundings using chemicals. A big example of such is the possible radical drop of chemical waste that pollutes the water every time we use bleach or chloride.