This smart water bottle uses a built-in UV light to self-sanitize

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Since avoiding germs is on everyone’s mind, we’re constantly highlighting cool products that help keep you and your essentials germ-free. Whether it’s hand sanitizer stations you can set up in your home, gadgets that sanitize your phone or new hand sanitizer brands, we’re always scouring the internet for gadgets that are especially helpful during this time.

If you don’t always have a water bottle by your side during the day, you might want to check out the latest gadget we spied that specializes in sanitation: the self-cleaning LARQ water bottle.

How does this water bottle actually sanitize, you ask? You’ll be surprised to learn that there’s a built-in UV-C LED light powered by a rechargeable lithium battery that works to eliminate up to 99.99 percent of bio-contaminants from both the water and the water bottle in just 60 seconds. This UV light is so powerful that it is widely used in hospitals to sterilize patient room surfaces.

Shop: LARQ 17-Ounce Water Bottle, $95

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While you can begin the sanitizing process yourself by clicking the button on top of the bottle, the UV light also turns on automatically every two hours so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of daily cleaning. You can say goodbye forever to water bottles with replaceable filters!

The LARQ bottle was first launched in 2018 as a Kickstarter campaign and earned more than $1.3 million from close to 13,000 supporters, so it’s no wonder that the LARQ Bottle has garnered more than 1,700 five-star reviews since coming to market.

Customers who have bought the LARQ say they no longer see mildew building up in their water bottle. While some do think the water bottle is a little heavier than they would like (especially if you plan to take it to the gym or on a trip), they love that they don’t have to worry about filtering their water or cleaning out the water bottle often.

The original LARQ bottle (available in 17- or 25-ounce versions) is insulated to keep your drinks hot and cold, but if you’d prefer a lighter option, LARQ recently launched the LARQ Bottle Movement, which is a lighter, single-wall non-insulated bottle that’s a great on-to-go option It’s available in a 24- or 32-ounce option.

Shop: 24-Ounce LARQ Bottle Movement, $78

Credit: LARQ

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