Gadgets: Cleaning aids

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

If you hate the idea of germs or dirt, here are three gadgets that will take your cleaning to a higher level.

SmartKlean's Laundry Ball ($35 at the Central Ohio Home and Garden Show through Sunday, March 6, or $45 at is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional laundry detergent.

The Laundry Ball, which looks like a little spaceship, uses natural ceramic mineral and magnetic pellets loaded inside a plastic ball. Those chemical-free pellets emit ions that remove dirt from fabrics, making soap unnecessary. The device also raises the PH balance of the water, which aids in cleaning your clothes.

Each ball is good for 365 washes, and you could potentially save 30 gallons of water per load because there is no need to rinse the clothes.

Moving on to cleaning your teeth, the Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 ($125 at comes close to duplicating a visit to the dentist. It has an oscillating rotary brush head that cleans your teeth and supposedly loosens twice as much plaque as manual toothbrushes do.

A timer helps you know where to brush and for how long, and the brush comes with four different heads for floss action, whitening, deeper cleaning or more gentle cleaning.

Experts say handheld gadgets collect more germs than a toilet seat. If keeping your gadgets clean is important to you, pick up the ZAGGfoam ($10 at Best Buy), which disinfects cell phones, tablets, MP3 players and the like. This antibacterial spray foam helps keep your gadgets smudge-free and germ-free.

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Sony will be featuring three 1080p camcorders with built-in video projectors in its HDR-PJ Series. These gadgets, which debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show a couple of months ago in Las Vegas, will cost between $700 to $1,000 and will go on sale during the next two months.

The built-in projector can show an image up to 60 inches wide. The least expensive model has 16GB memory and a 30x zoom lens. The most expensive model has a 12x zoom lens, a GPS receiver for geotagging and a 220GB hard drive.

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