A look at UV sanitizing machines

Reporter William Pitts tests out a UV phone sanitizer to see how well they work.
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 12:34 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - What if you could disinfect something at home and within minutes? That’s what the Ultraviolet Light Box is supposed to do. It claims to kill 99 percent of germs.

The filth finder works by counting the amount of living things on a surface. Under 30 means it’s pretty clean.

A score of 30 means it’s dirty and can make you sick - everything from the cold and flu to stomach problems.

Reporter William Pitts tested his phone, and it came in at 255 before being put into the UV sanitizer.

“We picked this sanitizer up for about 30 bucks. It uses UV lamps to damage DNA in bacteria and viruses,” Pitts said. “It claims to disinfect anything you can fit in there: phone, keys, even your face mask.”

After sanitizing, it came in at 39, which is a big difference from 255.

“It’s not perfect, but for 30 bucks it seems to work,” Pitts said.

Experts say to get things really clean you can always wipe it down with disinfecting cloths and then put it in the box to finish it off.

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