Re(al)view: Germ Guardian’s UV-C Pluggable Air Sanitizer

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It’s no secret that I have a lot of animals in my house, but I always hope I’m not given away by the scent permeating in my abode. I’m pretty good about cleaning the litter box as soon as someone deposits a gift, and making sure that rugs, couches and litter areas are vacuumed and thoroughly clean. That said, sometimes when I come home things don’t smell so fresh. In an attempt to keep things smelling fairly decent when I’m not home to pooper scoop I tried Germ Guardian’s UV-C Pluggable Air Sanitizer…

According to their site, the plug-in air sanitizer uses UV-C light, the same tech used in hospitals to sanitize, to kill bacteria without chemicals. The light is supposed to kill over 98% of airborne bacteria including airborne mold spores. Air is drawn into the product by a fan, which then passes through a chamber and exposed to UV-C light. Fresh air is pumped back out.

I decided to plug the thing in my bathroom, where two foster cats were recovering from being spayed. The socket I plugged into was directly above the litter box, so there was plenty of dirty air to suck in and clean. When powered on, the sanitizer makes a faint whirring noise as it sucks air in. A band of blue light comes on to let you know it’s on.

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One really cool feature is that the plug can be rotated on the back so you can angle the sanitizer any way you’d like.

I started my experiment in the evening. When I went to the bathroom towards the early morning there was no mistaking that one of my feline companions had gone to the bathroom before I had a chance to. The plug-in didn’t seem to do much of controlling fresh odor, so I scooped and left the bathroom to make tea. I returned a few minutes later to sniff out the results, only to find that the stench was still there! Hrmph.

Over the course of the next few days I noticed that the plug-in wasn’t very good at controlling the odors coming from my feline fosters. So much so that I ended up unplugging and reinserting my Mrs. Meyers plug-in freshener. Just after a few minutes of going back to Mrs. Meyers I felt like my $13 diffuser was doing a better job freshening things up than the thirty-something UV-C!

Sure, Mrs. Meyers was only masking the smell, but hey lavender with a tinge of street cat is much better than straight up street cat.

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