I test a lot of unusual stuff at dkM. Most of these are things I’m hoping will help us to live more chemical-free lives. Some of these things work and others don’t. When I was asked to review the Activeion Ionator HOM, a futuristic spray-bottle gadget that claims to clean and even gill germs with mere tap water, I’ll admit to healthy feelings of skepticism. So it was with a sense of doubt that I filled my Activeion with plain old tap water for the first time.
The Activeion, a souped-up battery-powered spray bottle, ionizes plain tap water as you spray. The temporarily ionized water becomes aerated and supercharged allowing it to clean as well as a general all-purpose household cleaner, as the instruction sheet told me. Better yet, it’s said to kill germs and bacteria, sanitizing surfaces, even killing viruses. In fact, an independent third-party lab certified that the microbiology testing met the Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) standard. The tests concluded the Activeion Ionator HOM completely inactivates the H1N1 virus when used as directed.
After charging my Activeion for a couple of hours I was ready to roll. The first thing I cleaned was my kitchen faucet, which I know very well never shines when I wipe it with plain old tap water. I sprayed and wiped quickly. It shone. Huh. Afraid of coincidence or a too-hopefull attitude, I sprayed and wiped the hallway mirrors which I usually clean with vinegar water. The fine mist of the Activeion wiped off quickly, removing my son’s mouth and nose prints easily. No streaks either. Okay, but the stove. Surely it won’t clean MY stovetop, my snow-white stovetop which gets lentil soup splatters and baked-on veggie goop that only comes up with baking soda, vinegar, and elbow grease. Yet again, the wondrous electric spray bottle on steroids cleaned it.
At that point I began to build chemical-free mommy enthusiasm, and over the course of the following two weeks I cleaned with reckless abandon. We all did. Even my 3 1/2 year old son sprayed the kitchen floor for me as I wiped away. My two parrot cages got cleaned using only tap water run through the Activeion; it was a much easier cleaning process, and safe. Each parrot enjoyed a spray-down from the ionized water as well, since the Activeion is so safe it requires no warning label of any kind.
I can’t clearly explain all the science behind why the Activeion works and why hospitals and swanky hotels have been cleaning with similar but larger units for years. But my science- and engineer-brained husband assures me the principles are sound. (Bill Nye the Science Guy will explain it to you in the video below.)
I’m totally hooked on this little gadget and have since used it instead of my beloved vinegar water spray bottle, no easy feat as my regular readers can imagine. Although I don’t have a lab to properly test things like germ killing and sanitation, I’m happily giving this one my stamp of approval. Proving that tap water can be converted into a safe and effective cleaning tool is no easy feat. It’s definitely an issue of “you’ve got to see it to believe it”. So the people of Activeion would like to give away one of their Activeion Ionator HOM units to one very lucky dkM reader! ($169 retail.)
Rules for entry are below the Bill Nye the Science Guy video.
Multiple Options for Multiple Entries:
1.) Just visit Activeion and tell me what else you learned there! (***You may enter once a day, but please list a new item you like each time.) Remember, leave an interesting comment. If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.
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Feel free to do all five to gather multiple entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Monday, February 1, 2010, to enter.