Hand washing has practically become an indoor sport for me, but for some people, staying on the squeaky side of clean has always been a priority. So if you're passionate about hygiene, have I got a list for you: a whole slew of clever things on Amazon that self-proclaimed "germaphobes" will love.
These cleaning and hygiene products are so much more than hand soap and sanitizing wipes. In particular, I'm loving how sanitizing UV light shows up in so many places. (It's like black light had an older, more serious cousin that suddenly developed superpowers. How could you not love it?) You'll find the technology not only in this sterilizing box that zaps your smartphone, but you'll also find it in items like this self-cleaning water bottle and this portable toothbrush sanitizing case that keeps your bristles clean when you're not brushing.
You'll even be able to travel in hygienic comfort, thanks to items like this airplane kit that establishes a barrier between you and in-cabin surfaces. It includes a seat cover, tray table cover, and face masks for ultimate peace of mind. So get ready to press "Add to Cart" on these super clever products: You're not just buying cleanliness, you're investing in some peace of mind.
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1. This toilet seat lifter so you don't have to make contact
You'll never have to touch the toilet seat again, thanks to this handle lifter. It installs easily with industrial-strength adhesive and fits onto all kinds of toilet seats, including flat, curved, and recessed. Reviewers report that it "works like a charm" and that it's the kind of product that "makes all the sense in the world."
2. This UV sanitizing box for your phone & other small items
Sanitize your smartphone, your keys, your AirPods, and so much more with this device that uses the power of UV light to eliminate all kinds of germs. With three timer modes ranging from five to 30 minutes, you can give your small items a quick cleaning or a full sanitizing session. And unlike cleaning fluids an paper towels, the UV light reaches into every nook and cranny.
3. A small-but-mighty air sanitizer
At only 7 inches, this air sanitizer is small but powerfully effective when it comes to reducing airborne germs. The UV light targets viruses as well as unwanted odors from cooking, pets, and much more. Also great for eliminating mold spores and mildew, this unit will run for up to a year before needing a replacement bulb.
4. The utensils that are great for eating on the go
When you're chowing down on the go, do it with the peace of mind that comes from having your own utensils. Crafted from dishwasher-safe stainless steel, the set comes with a fork, spoon, knife, chopsticks, and two reusable straws, along with a cleaning brush. You can pack them all in the included carrying case. Choose from colors like black, gold, and metallic blue.
5. A pillowcase with antimicrobial silver to fight acne
Made from soft microfiber, this pillowcase is infused with antimicrobial silver to fight any acne-causing germs that may be lingering on your pillow. It's also designed to prevent mold and mildew, making this a good option for anyone dealing with allergies. The antimicrobial silver won't wash out, even after multiple cleanings.
6. This clip that keeps your bag off dirty floors
7. An automatic soap dispenser for hands-free use
Get your hands clean in the most hygienic way possible with this automatic soap dispenser. It has an infrared sensor that detects your hands, and there's a control switch that lets you adjust how much is soap is dispensed each time. With an attractive chrome finish, this battery-powered dispenser can be wall mounted or used on your countertop for convenience and versatility.
8. These sanitizing wipes you'll want to take everywhere
Whether you're disinfecting at home, the office, or while traveling, these disinfecting wipes are an easy way to get rid of germs. The individually wrapped packets are easy to keep in your bag or glove box, and each wipe eliminates 99.9% of contaminants on hard surfaces. Use these on door knobs, desktops, tray tables, and more.
9. A water bottle that cleans itself with UV light
If you rely on a favorite water bottle for daily use and seldom wash it, it might be time to ask yourself just how clean that water bottle really is. This self-cleaning water bottle, though, takes that question out of the equation. The cap is outfitted with a UV light that purifies the inside of the bottle in just three minutes. Plus, the bottle itself is made with vacuum-insulated stainless steel for durability and temperature retention.
10. These travel hand sanitizer bottles that attach to your keychain
It's easy to practice good hand hygiene on the go when you have these travel hand sanitizer bottles that attach right to your keychain or backpack. The sanitizer eliminates up to 99.99% of common germs, and each set comes with eight mini TSA-friendly bottles.
11. The toothbrush case that sanitizes with UV light
When you're taking your toothbrush on the road, a case is a great way to keep it clean, but this one takes things a step further, using UV light to sanitize your brush when it's stored away. Ideal for both travel and home use, it features an auto-on function so that it immediately begins sanitizing when you insert a brush, and then turns off after five minutes, leaving the bristles and handle squeaky clean.
12. These silicone scrubbers that won't get mildewy in your sink
Chuck out nasty smelling sponges and get these silicone scrubbers instead. Since they're made from non-porous silicone, they won't get moldy or mildewy, which means they'll last longer and remain fresh. Effective on pots and pans yet gentle on delicate glassware, the scrubbers are also dishwasher-safe, so you can give them a thorough clean now and then.
13. A mattress cover that blocks dust mites & allergens
You'll sleep a little more soundly at night when you have this hypoallergenic mattress cover that shields you from dust mites and germs. The soft cotton cover breathable to keep you cool, and it's backed with a noiseless waterproof coating to keep your mattress dry. Available in a wide variety of sizes, it's designed to fit even ultra-deep mattresses.
14. This genius gadget that turns any faucet into a water fountain
Made from BPA-free rubber, this gadget allows you to drink safely from any faucet by turning it instantly into a water fountain. Simply squeeze the device onto the tap, and it allows water to flow through normally, but when you're ready to drink, close off the bottom nozzle to redirect the flow, creating a fountain. It's pocket-sized, meaning you can take it with you on the go.
15. These lids that keep germs and bugs out of your beverages
Whether you want to keep your coffee safe from airborne pollutants or are just trying to keep bugs out of your lemonade, these cup covers can keep your drinks safe. Resembling tiny umbrellas, they're made from food-grade, BPA-free silicone, and since they're heat-resistant, you can use them to warm up your beverage in the microwave.
16. A tool for opening doors & pressing buttons
With this this useful tool, you can open doors, use the ATM, and punch buttons on elevators, all without having to use your hands. The small tool features a hook on one side for opening doors, and a pointed end on the other for pressing buttons. I even features an embedded stylus for use on touch screens. Put it on your keychain, and you'll never be without it.
17. A bamboo cutting board with color-coded mats to prevent cross-contamination
Keep foods safe from cross-contamination with this cutting board that comes with six color-coded mats. Each mat is labeled for use with foods like vegetables, chicken, beef, and cheese, while the main cutting board is crafted from eco-sustainable bamboo that looks good enough to use for presentation. (Hello, cheese board.)
18. These soap sheets that are perfect for camping & road trips
Ideal for hand washing when you're camping or road tripping, these portable soap sheets are compact and easy to stash in your backpack or glove compartment. They offer a good lather for scrubbing, and the three-pack comes with three scents: lavender, tea tree, and sweet orange. Once you're done with the soap, the eco-friendly packaging is biodegradable.
19. The clip-on pod that protects your toothbrush
This toothbrush cover keeps your brush clean and sanitary, but here's the really cool part: It's infused with thymol, a plant extract derived from thyme oil, which has naturally-occurring sanitizing properties. It clips onto your toothbrush head (and is compatible with electric toothbrushes) and is effective for up to three months. Plus, the cover allows air to circulate around your brush, so that it dries quickly.
20. These sanitizing mitts that keep your hands away from germy surfaces
These sanitizing mitts make it a breeze to clean surfaces, without exposing your skin to any potential contaminants. Formulated with 70% alcohol, they're also infused with aloe and eucalyptus oil to soothe your skin and keep it from drying out. They're individually wrapped and easy to keep in your desk or bag.
21. These charcoal bags that naturally deodorize without the use of fragrance
These natural linen deodorizer bags are filled with bamboo charcoal to absorb odors and excess moisture without the need for sprays or fragrances. They're compact and great for use inside smelly sneakers, near the litter box, or in the bottom of your gym bag, and can last up to two years — simply put them outside in the sun for a few hours once a month to "recharge."
22. A hand sanitizer with aloe to add hydration
This travel-sized hand sanitizer uses plant-based ingredients, and instead of smelling clinical, it has a pleasant "coastal surf" scent. It effectively obliterates 99.9% if germs, and thanks to the addition of aloe, it leaves skin soft and moisturized. Best of all, it's free from parabens and synthetic fragrances.
23. The silicone toilet brush that rinses clean & doesn't harbor germs
If the thought of a dirty toilet brush sends shivers up your spine, you'll love this toilet brush with germ-resistant silicone bristles. The soft but flexible bristles also clean deeply without scratching and rinse more easily than standard bristles. It's paired with a brush holder, so you can store it neatly away.
24. A car air purifier that uses chemistry to battle odor
Plug this air purifier into your car's socket to quickly clear up any unpleasant smells. It works by generating negative ions that neutralize odor-causing particles on contact, so you get a clean-smelling car, without having to use air freshener. Research shows that those same negative ions may help boost your mood and improve cognitive performance, which can be helpful on long drives and your daily commute.
25. These shelf liners that keep fruits and veggies fresh for longer
Made from cushiony, porous material, these shelf liners not only keep the inside of your fridge clean, they also help promote air circulation around your produce so that your fruits and vegetables stay fresh. They're waterproof and can easily be trimmed to get a custom fit, and they wash easily when needed, so upkeep is a breeze.
26. The complete travel kit that keeps your airplane seat germ-free
If you're traveling by plane or train, you can do it safely with this travel kit that includes a seat cover, two tray table covers, two face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. It's everything you need to get from point A to point B safely, and the seat cover can be thrown away or washed in your machine for convenient reuse.
27. This sleeping bag liner that's also handy for hotel rools
Made from a lightweight, breathable material this sleeping bag liner gives you an extra layer of protection from dirt and bugs, and extends the life of your sleeping bag. Also great for sleeping in hotels or at your friend's place, it's like a giant pillowcase that machine washes easily.
28. These shoe covers keep you from tracking dirt & germs inside
Protect your floors and keep dirt and grime contained with these shoe covers. Ultra-durable, they slip on and off easily and feature elastic openings for a secure fit. Wear them while you're on questionable ground, then throw them away before entering your home or office to dispose of potential allergens, bacteria, and dirt.
29. The drill attachments that let you power clean your home
Ideal for heavy-duty cleaning, these brush attachments can be secured to your drill, so you can lay on the power for tough-to-scrub areas. The nylon bristles won't scratch delicate fixtures, and the kit comes with three brushes to take on the task at hand, as well as an extender that gives you additional reach in tight spaces.
30. This stainless steel reusable straw that collapses for portability
We're all on the reusable straw bandwagon, and there's no doubt that using them is an important way to help curb plastic waste. This straw is crafted from stainless steel so you can put it in the dishwasher (heck, you could even boil it if you want), and it collapses for maximum portability. Plus, it comes with a travel case, cleaning brush, and carabiner.
31. This meat thermometer that ensures your food is fully cooked
Make sure meats and other foods are fully cooked with this kitchen thermometer that features a stainless steel probe and an easy-to-read digital display. Great for making candy as well, the extra-long probe keeps your hands away from the heat while you get an instant readout that's available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius modes.
32. A garbage can for your car that's waterproof & stays put
Keep your car clean and uncluttered with this garbage can that features a secure lid opening, so that what you put inside stays inside, no matter how many tight turns you take. This trash can is waterproof and comes with an adjustable strap, so that you can attach it to your center console or the car headrest for convenient use.
33. These fridge deodorizers that are made with natural bamboo
Move over, baking soda, there's a new odor eliminator in town: these Fridge Ninja packets. They use natural bamboo charcoal to attract, trap, and eliminate the particles that cause unpleasant odors in your refrigerator and freezer. Longer lasting than baking soda, they also help control the humidity in your fridge, which extends the freshness of your produce.
34. This toilet cleaning kit with disposable scrubbing heads
If the idea of a toilet brush feels gross to you, you'll want to invest in this disposable toilet cleaning kit. From trusted brand Clorox, it includes a scrubbing wand and 16 one-use scrubbing heads that are pre-loaded with Clorox disinfectant to deep clean and remove stains and germs. The heads click onto the wand quickly and easily, and the caddy lets you store the wand between uses.
35. The pet hair removers that whisk away fur
This pet hair remover set makes it easy for dog and cat owners to stay on top of fur left behind by four-legged friends. Both the travel-sized brush and the large brush are covered with a fabric that attracts and clings to pet hair for easy removal. The set also includes a unique self-cleaning base that removes hair from the brushes, so they're ready to use again.
36. This combination air purifier & UV sanitizer
This air purifier and sanitizer uses a HEPA filter, charcoal filter, and UV light to get rid of germs, odors, pollutants, and dust, while also eliminating airborne germs. In other words, it won't just leave air clean and fresh, but truly hygienic, too. It features three operating speeds and works for rooms up to 150 square feet in size.
37. The barrier tape that shields you from high-touch surfaces
This barrier tape can be used to shield your hands from high-touch hard surfaces, like shopping carts, door handles, and the nozzle when you're pumping gas. Available in six colors, the perforated sheets tear off easily and mold to any surface. They're designed for quick application and come off without leaving any residue behind.
38. A trash can with touchless operation and an odor-absorbing filter
Made with fingerprint-proof stainless steel, this trash can features an infrared sensor that automatically opens the lid when it senses motion, so you never have to make contact. It also features an activated carbon filter to keep your garbage free from unpleasant odors, which means you won't have to take the garbage out ASAP after cooking fish.
39. This self-cleaning litter box that also has odor protection
The solution to mess and odors, this self-cleaning litter box features an automatic rake that sifts through the litter and transfers waste to a tight-sealing receptacle every time your cat uses it. (You only have to empty the receptacle every seven days.) The box is also loaded with carbon filters to keep odor at bay, and the high sides keep litter from being kicked out while the paw-cleaning ramp prevents litter from being tracked around the house.
40. This kit makes any toilet flush automatically
Turn your home toilet into a touch-free fixture that automatically flushes with this kit. A quick upgrade to your john, it's easy to install and uses four AA batteries, and when you wave your hand in front of the sensor, it'll automatically flush. This is a great way to cut down on contact with potentially germ surfaces in the bathroom.
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