Handy household gadgets that self-clean and eliminate germsSeptember 21, 2020
With Australians cleaning more at home, there’s been a rise in self-cleaning products that claim to reduce or eliminate household germs so you can focus on other tasks.
If you don’t have the time or patience to clean your house, you’re in luck — these gadgets will do it for you.
Naturopath and founder of The Wellness Group Madeleine Calfas dishes the dirt on the self-cleaning products that work best.
GERM-KILLING KNIFE BLOCK
A germ-eliminating knife block uses UV light and takes just 30 minutes to kill 99.9 per cent of germs, viruses and bacteria including salmonella, listeria and staphylococcus. The light also produces heat which helps to dry the knife.
The Dreamfarm Garject tool makes crushing and peeling garlic simple. This gadget can press unpeeled garlic, scrape off any excess garlic and clean itself as you open the handle.
MOBILE PHONE CASE
A mobile phone case that keeps your phone protected and germ-free for life? Sold. Tech21 offers innovative cases that can stop 99.9 per cent of germs in 15 minutes with its antimicrobial coating. There’s also a screen protector that can kill germs.
Step up your hydration game with a LARQ insulated self-cleaning and stainless steel water bottle. It has an UV-C LED light that destroys harmful bacteria and germs which can build up in your bottle, and it can purify water.
Self-cleaning sheets do exist. Copper-infused bedlinen can prevent the build-up of bacteria, fungi and mould on your bed night after night. Copper has rejuvenating, cleansing and revitalising properties, and allows you to wash your bed sheets less often than the regular ones.
Using copper or silver nanoparticles, self-cleaning towels are fast drying and antimicrobial, which prevents bacteria and fungus from developing. Antibacterial towels by Aurora Athletica are treated with polygiene stays fresh technology to inhibit the spread of germs and reduces the need to wash them after every use.
The best vacuum cleaner is the one that does all the work for you. A vacuum robot can make its way around your home collecting dust and bacteria. It contains a UV light that eliminates 99 per cent of bacteria and pathogens.
A portable hand antimicrobial brass key tool is a nifty gadget that you can slip into your pocket or attach to your keys. It’s ergonomically shaped to push buttons, operate door handles and even navigate touch-sensitive ATM screens.
The PetSafe ScoopFree self-cleaning litter box allows for no scooping, cleaning or refilling the litter box for weeks. Simply plug in the box, load it and leave it. Disposable trays have a plastic lining to help protect against leakage and to keep your floors clean.
Grooming your furry friends shouldn’t be a chore. A few strokes with the Hertzko self-cleaning slicker brush keeps your pet’s fur clean. Click the button and the bristles retract into the brush. The excess hair will simply come off, saving you from having to pick it out off the brush’s bristles.