A product known as The Pocket Purifier purports to knock off 99.9 percent of germs that cause colds and flu, plus e-coli and salmonella by zapping surfaces with UV-C light - the same light used to sterilize surgical equipment.
The compact germicidal light, from Tennessee-based Purely Products, can sterilize things like a diaper-changing station, door handle or cutting board, by using a four-watt, germicidal ultraviolet light that deactivates the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, destroying their ability to multiply, the company says. It also features a lid that blocks UV exposure to your eyes and skin.
The device, which is powered by four AA batteries, is operated by holding it about an inch above the surface of whatever you're zapping, for 10-15 seconds. It costs $11.99 and, for the fashion- as well as germ-conscious shopper, comes in pink and black. Check it out at http://www.purelyproducts.com/http://www.purelyproducts.com/