Ultraviolet light can kill germs and bacteria. Short wavelength UV light (UVC) is much stronger than sunlight, so no wonder that doctors use it to sanitize medical tools before surgery. In China, autonomous UVC light robots sanitize hospitals even as we speak. Toy light sanitization can prove useful at home, too. It can help you disinfect your kid’s toys without bleach or other cleaning products that contain a high concentration of alcohol and that may damage toys.
1. Use an Ultraviolet Disinfection Lamp
An ultraviolet disinfection lamp is probably the simplest way to bring UVC disinfection to your home. Lightweight, portable, and easy to use, it can be a good choice if you’re new to light sanitization. It promises a sterilization rate of up to 99.9% within 20 seconds, making it a fast and hassle-free choice for many different toys, and especially those with plain surfaces.
It’s a multi-use product that you can adapt to your needs—you can use it to disinfect clothes, gadegts and devices, bedding, pet supplies, and much more. When dealing with objects with multiple faces or surfaces, disinfect each in turn to get the best results. Since this lamp works on a battery, you can easily take it with you in the car or when you have to travel—it will fit into most bags.
2. Get a UV Disinfection Bag
If you want to sanitize multiple toys at the same time, you may want to consider getting a UV disinfection bag. Just plug it in using the USB cable, drop the toys into it, and press the sanitize button—the bag will sterilize them in 3 minutes. The size of this bag makes it suitable for action figures, dolls, cars, and many other types of toys.
When you’re not using it for toy light sanitization, you can disinfect household items with it—anything from feeding bottles and spoons to toothbrushes and car keys. The best part is that it looks a lot like a regular bag for beauty tools, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a place for it in your home.
3. Start Using a UVC Sterilization Box
If the disinfection bag is too big for you, you can try a UVC sterilization box. Smaller than the bag, it can provide small toy light sanitization in around 90 seconds or so. It can also kill germs and bacteria that are fond of toothbrushes, car keys, tweezers, and other frequently used items. It’s also handy for smartphones, which are magnets for germs.
You’ll probably like the clean, minimalist design of the box. The 8 LEDs it packs can last 10,000 hours—we’ll let you do the math to figure out much toy sanitization you get for that!
Toy Sanitization and the Coronavirus
If you’re worried about toy light sanitization in the age of the coronavirus, check out the US Environmental Protection Agency’s list of disinfectants that can kill SARS-CoV-2. UVC light may also help with this, but it’s important to remember that UV light can cause skin cancer, so it must be used
with care. Also, in the case of viruses like COVID-19, not all types of UV light sanitizers may work. According to the World Health Organization, UV lamps shouldn’t be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin. Limit the use of any UV light sanitization lamps and other similar products to objects.
In the end, toy light sanitization lamps, boxes, and bags can be a valuable addition to your arsenal of disinfectants against common germs and bacteria. Just make sure to follow the instruction each tool comes with and use them for the recommended amount of time.