EVLA's UV light sterilizer box

UV light sanitizers kill viruses and germs without chemicals or creating waste. A UV light sterilizer box is the safest.

Hospitals have used ultraviolet light to sterilize equipment for decades. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have become interested in using them in their homes and offices.

Even before the novel coronavirus basically shut down the world economy, we understood the importance of sanitation for our health. After the COVID-19 crisis has passed, we will still need to be on guard. And not only for that. The flu, colds, and other communicable diseases will still be with us. 

How effective are all those sprays and disposable wipes we have been using? Whatever effect they have on viruses and other germs, they have a bad environmental impact. Sustainable living requires minimizing or eliminating single-use disposable products. It also requires minimizing or eliminating hazardous chemicals.

Steam and boiling water also provide non-toxic sterilization. Mothers have been sanitizing baby bottles that way for generations. It can be messy and time consuming.

Several manufacturers make UV light sterilizer boxes. You put objects in the box, close the lid, and turn it on. A powerful UV light in the box comes on and kills every living thing it touches on the surface of those objects. Effective killing can take several minutes, but when the machine turns off, everything you put in it is sterile.

EVLA’s UV sterilizer box

EVLA’s is a small, family-owned business. It is very responsive to consumers’ questions on Amazon. 

Put your mask, phone, remotes, keys, baby bottles and toys, credit cards, and other small objects in this hospital-strength UV light sterilizer box, turn it on, and walk away. You don’t need to remove any batteries. The UV light touches only surfaces and does not penetrate. Everything will be sterilized in 11 minutes. 

Compared to steam sanitizers, it uses less energy and doesn’t need cleaning to remove limescale or rust. It doesn’t contain BPA,  phthalates, or lead, either. 

It’s big enough (barely) to fit 8-ounce Dr Brown’s baby bottles: 9.5 inches long, 7.5 inches wide, and 7.0 inches deep. That’s also big enough to sterilize an  iPad or other tablet. 

The interior has a reflective surface to sterilize all sides of whatever is in it. But, of course, it only sanitizes surfaces that the light actually shines on. If, for example, you want to sanitize a children’s bottle with a straw inside, you have to remove the lid and the straw and put them next to the bottle before turning on the box. Also, you must not overstuff the box. If two objects overlap, the UV light will not sterilize the unexposed surfaces.

You can even sterilize fruit. After all, it grew in sunlight. 

It amazes me how few negative reviews this product has and how few positive reviews mention problems. Some wonder how tightly the lid closes. Others wonder about the indicator light.

Some caveats

According to an article in WebMD,  it’s hard to invent UV-C technology that’s both safe and effective. Therefore, the best products tend to be expensive—up to $500. The article says that products that cost less than $150 don’t work well. EVLA’s UV light sterilizer, then, actually comes in at the low end of what’s most likely to be effective.

UV sterilizing products for home use are not regulated. This product has been independently lab tested, which is good, but evidence of its effectiveness is mainly anecdotal.