“ Brand: Zapi / Toothbrush Care / Type: Toothbrush / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
I bought this product because it was on sale, it was cute and a free toothbrush was included. I selected the humpty dumpty egg shaped character since it was absolutely adorable. I did not believe at first that I would see any benefits. The product claims to use UV light to get rid of germs on the toothbrush. They state that it even kills the H1N1 virus 99.9% of the time. The product is very easy to use, you put the whole toothbrush or the toothbrush head (if it is electric) in the opening at the top and press one button. It is working when the flashing lights are on. It takes 6 minutes to sanitize the toothbrush which is a fairly long time however since it automatically shuts off this is not a problem. My toothbrush feels much cleaner after using it. My gums often swelled due to infection but now they do not swell as often. The product is fairly expensive but I love it because it helps keep my mouth healthy and it is enjoyable to use.
I'm a big fan of a TV show called 'How Clean Is Your House', starring Kim and Aggie. The show involves Kim and Aggie going to a house that is desperaely in need of a clean, and making it all shiny and new again . One part of the show generally shows Aggie giving a bit of a lecture to the inhabitants on the health downsides of their dirty ways .
One particular lecture cenrted around a bathroom - a very small, very dirty bathroom, with a loo so encrusted with mankiness that it was hard to see the white porcelein under all the accumulated backspattered faeces.
'Did you know' she asked her terrified victims 'That when you flush the toilet, water droplets containing your poo can spread 20 ft' . Now, my toilet was no where near as encrusted as the toilet on the show, but my bathroom is pretty small, and nobody wants a poopy toothbrush. In order to avoid germs, I became anal about people putting the lid down before flushing, and took to storing my brush head down in a cup of antibacterial mouthwash . But there had to be a better way - and I found it in the Zapi.
Zapi is a small egg shaped device with a button on the front . You insert your toothbrush head into the opening on top of the Zapi, and push the button on it's front, which then blasts your toothbrush with germicidal UV light, killing most germs, including the H1N1 virus .
Most of the Zapi designs are pretty basic - just your egg shaped device, with it's one central button, and the hole in the top. They are available in many colours - white, black, pink, purple etc . However, there are also a few novelty designs, and I opted for the Hi-YA Ninja design, a black egg shape with two little feet, and a small pink face poking out of a black mask. Around his waist is a white karate belt . I think he is adorable, and I think it is great that you can get a functional product in some amusing designs that will actually make it a fun little thing to have sitting in your bathroom. Other novelty designs I have seen include a bear, a rabbit, and a humpty-dumpty like character.
Well, an immediate plus side to the Zapi is that it comes with a brand spanking new toothbrush included. It is, however, compatible with most toothbrushes, including battery or electric toothbrushes, although of course you will need to seperate the brush head first .
Operation is simple, with a single touch of the button starting the UV blasting . A small light within the button will flash letting you know it is working, and it takes around . The light glashed for around six minutes, and it is recommended you leave your toothbrush there for the full amount of time . This may seem like a long time, but there is no need to immediately remove your brush after the time is up - in fact the Zapi also acts as a very handy storage device .
As to whether it actually kills all the germs it claims to - sadly, I have no way of testing . What I can say is that my brush looks and smells fresher than it used to, and I seem to have suffered from less sore throats .
Personally, I love my Zapi . The ninja never fails to cheer me up in the morning as cute as he is, although the downside is that everyone wants to use him, so I'll be buying two more for my boyfriend and my daughter at christmas. It's lucky, then, that there are various designs which will help us clearly know which belongs to whom . It requires 3 AAA batteries , which are not included .
Prices on these do vary - basic designs start at £19, whereas the novelty designs are more expensive at £24.99. Links to purchase are included below - however to shop around for a good deal.
Overall, I really recommend Zapi - I think it is excellent!