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Section One: Odor & Microbe Control
 
DISCLAIMER: We do NOT claim any of these products as disinfectants / sanitizers / sterilizers. They are deodorizers and/or air fresheners. True that some of their ingredients may have antimicrobial properties but so does citrus oil and you don't call an orange a disinfectant, do you? With that said, please read about the unique ingredients that these products contain and judge for yourself how effective they work in controlling odor / microbes. As always, keep away from children and pets. Do not touch the ingredients, inhale or ingest under any circumstance.
 
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ClO2 Ag+ Act-Charcoal PT-Extract TiO2


 Step 1: Single Use Vaporizer 
( One-time treatment for pre-existing odor problem or older cars )

  •    Auto Vaccine (ClO2) - This single use product started ClO2 (chlorine dioxide) vapor-based deodorizer here since years ago. This is still our best seller. Each pack treats a passenger size car. Use multiple packs for anything larger. Click on image to enter product page on our affiliated site " Earthority.com ".
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  •       ClO2 + Ag+ Ion Deodorizer - This innovative Japanese product combines two proven deodorizing agents: ClO2 (chlorine dioxide) + Ag+ (silver ions). Silver is also known as a natural antimicrobial agent. Just push its button to release the vapor. Regular model (190g) handles normal passenger car while large model (330g) handles minivan.
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     Step 2: Target-Spray 
    ( When you need to target problematic sources directly )

  •    Ag+ - (Unscented) A powerful silver ions liquid spray to target odor-causing origins head-on. Silver has residual microbe-control properties. Contents capacity: 250mL. Product weight: 304g.
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  •    Ag+ - (Mildly-Scented for Tobacco) A powerful silver ions liquid spray to target odor-causing origins in particular stubborn cigarette smell. Silver has residual microbe-control properties. Contents capacity: 250mL. Product weight: 304g.
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  •    Shibumen - (Unscented) A persimmon tannin (PT) juice extract liquid spray to target odor-causing origins. Using PT-extract to target odors is a new yet promising discovery. The first of its kind in the world. FYI: PT has been proven in labs to kill both bacteria and viruses, and is widely used in restaurants and hospitals in Japan now. Contents capacity: 250mL. Product weight: 304g.
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  •    XSPRAY - (Unscented) A TiO2 (titanium dioxide) photocatalytic liquid spray to target odor-causing origins via oxidation in the presence of sunlight and/or artificial UV light. TiO2 is a naturally-occuring substance and many organic sunscreen lotions (& toothpastes) utilize it too. TiO2 has residual microbe-control properties as catalyst doesn't usually get consumed or altered in a chemical reaction. Contents capacity: 250mL. Product weight: 304g.
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  •    XSPRAY - (Mildly-Scented for Tobacco) A TiO2 (titanium dioxide) photocatalytic liquid spray to target odor-causing origins in particular stubborn cigarette smell via oxidation in the presence of sunlight and/or artificial UV light. TiO2 has residual microbe-control properties as mentioned previously. Contents capacity: 250mL. Product weight: 304g.
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  •    HygienIQ - (Unscented) Photocatalytic TiO2 aerosol spray to deodorize interior naturally via the help of sunlight. Spray once and let sunlight maintains its deodorizing properties over a prolonged period of time. Here you can find products to treat your A/C ducts too. Click to enter page.
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  •    Dr.DEO - (Unscented) A ClO2 (chlorine dioxide) liquid spray to oxidize odor-causing origins on contact. ClO2 is also known to retard microbe growth. This is widely used in medical institutions and restaurants in Japan. Contents capacity: 250mL. Product weight: 290g.
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     Step 3: Leave-In Treatment 
    ( For on-going odor-control via their time-released vapor and/or prolong-absorbent properties )

  •    Ag+ Gel - (Unscented) These unique gels deodorize your car cabin for a prolonged period of time (up to 4 months) by neutralizing odors, plus its time-released Ag+ ion steam keeps odor-causing origins in control. The 2 smaller sizes fit in your unused cup holders. 3 sizes for passenger car, mid-sized SUV, minivan: 100mL(130g), 300mL(320g), 500mL(640g).
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  •    Ag+ Gel - (Mildly-Scented for Tobacco) Same as above but is powerful enough for stubborn cigarette smell. The 2 smaller sizes fit in your unused cup holders. 2 sizes for passenger car, mid-sized SUV: 100mL(130g), 300mL(320g).
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  •    Activated Charcoal Gel - (Unscented) Activated carbon (a.k.a. charcoal) absorbs a wide spectrum of impurities, chemicals, and especially odor. This is activated charcoal in unique gel form which means that as it progresses, more reactive carbon sites are exposed to do the adsorption. The 2 smaller sizes fit in your unused cup holders. 3 sizes for passenger car, mid-sized SUV, minivan: 100mL(130g), 300mL(320g), 500mL(640g).
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  •       XFIBER - Combining the power of activated charcoal + TiO2; a photocatalyst. This combo doesn't just target the widest spectrum of pollutants but exposure to sunlight regenerates the charcoal while exciting the TiO2 layer for further air purification. Can be used for up to 12 months with repeat sunlight-recharging from time to time. The 3 models are: D112 (35g) / D76 (46g) / D77 (62g).
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  •    Shibumen Gel - (2 Scents) A persimmon tannin extract gel to target odor-causing origins. The deodorizing benefits of PT-extract is a new discovery. Cylindrical form is convenient to place in cup holder. Comes in 100g can.
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  •    Dr.DEO Gel - (Unscented) A ClO2 (chlorine dioxide) gel to oxidize odor-causing origins continuously as it progresses. You can place this in a cup holder and let its time-released vapor do its job. This is widely used in medical institutions and easteries in Japan. Comes in 158g can.
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  •    Ag+ Gel Underseat Pack - (Unscented) An under-the-seat version of the canned counterpart (for cup holder) as mentioned earlier. This unique gel deodorizes your car cabin for a prolonged period of time (up to 4 months) by neutralizing odors, plus its time-released Ag+ ion steam keeps odor-causing origins in control. Smaller size (200g) & larger size (350g) are for passenger car & minivan respectively.
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  •    Ag+ Gel Underseat Pack - (Mildly-Scented for Tobacco) Identical as above except that it's for stubborn cigarette smell. This one comes in one size only for passenger car.
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  •    Activated Charcoal Gel Underseat Pack - (Unscented) An under-the-seat version of the above canned (for cup holder) counterpart. 2 sizes: 200g & 350g for passenger car & minivan, respectively.
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  •    Shibumen Gel - (2 Scents) A persimmon tannin juice extract gel in under-the-seat pack form to target odor-causing origins. This is a new discovery to use PT-extract to target odors and possibly microbes. The first of its kind in the world. Comes in 200g.
  • - 2~4 weeks for JDM delivery       
     
     
  •    Dr.DEO Gel Underseat Pack - (Unscented) A ClO2 (chlorine dioxide) gel to oxidize odor-causing origins. You can place this underneath any seats & let its time-released vapor to do its job. This is widely used in medical institutions and easteries in Japan. Comes in 2 sizes: 230g & 420g for passenger car & minivan, respectively.
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    Section Two: Upgrade Your A/C (Cabin) Filter
     
    NOTE: If your vehicle comes equipped with a factory A/C filter, it's time to upgrade it to a much better one. Please have your vehicle info including engine code ready so that we can check compatibility for you. Even if we find out, it's for the same vehicle's Japanese counterpart, it may or may not fit your non-Japan vehicle. So far, we have over 97% success rate.

    BOSCH Aeristo A/C Filter
       
     
    BLITZ Hybrid A/C Filter
       
     
    Valeo Wasabi d'air
       



    Section Three: Supplemental Air Purifier
     
    NOTE: When you feel the need to up the ante, these are the devices that you should look into. We're about to expand the following section big time. Stay tuned.

    Super Pocket
       
     
    Super Shot
       
     
    Arodrive
       
     
    MoistAir
       
     
    BioGuard
       
    Purifying CFL
       
     
    Urban Mask
       


  • Nanoe Ion Generator - Check out another most advanced car use & wearable bipolar ion generators by Panasonic Japan. This proprietary technology is called Nanoe and it differs slightly from Sharo's Plasmacluster. Click on image to enter product page on our sister site " Earthority.com ".
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  • Plasmacluster Ion Generator - Check out the very advanced car use & wearable bipolar ion generators by Sharp Japan. This proprietary technology is called Plasmacluster and you'll be hearing a lot of it from us. Click on image to enter product page on our sister site " Earthority.com ".
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  • Plasma Air Cleaner - A plasma ion generator that minimizes bacteria, mold, allergens and virus count. Minute O3 production that strengthens its deodorizing effect. Fits neatly inside your cup holder. Low (quiet) and high operation slide switch. Measures 150 x 75 x 75 (mm). 480g.
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  • Direct Ion Cleaner - A negative ion generator that plugs into cigarette adapter port to generate 300 million ions at 10cm distance. Most effective on smoke, dust, pollen, tobacco, etc. Minute O3 production that strengthens its deodorizing effect. 3-position adjustable angles. Measures 111 x 45 x 120 (mm). 236g.
  • - 2~4 weeks for JDM delivery       
     
     
  • Personal Vaporizing Humidifier - Self-regulating evaporative humidifier that doesn't cause mold or condensation due to over-humidifying. Your ambient relative humidify dictates when it should release vapor into the air. It doesn't utilize heat for humidifying so it's safe to use around children. Dust & pollen are also absorbed via its filter. 2 settings. 150mL capacity. Measures 153 x 72 x 72 (mm). 388g.
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  • Personal Air Washer - A cyclone air washer that use water as a cleaning agent to remove dust/pollen. Water itself is a filter which is easy to care for and cheap to refill. It's also mesmerizing to watch the twirling water effect being lit by the blue LED. 2 settings. 120mL capacity. Measures 130 x 85 x 85 (mm). 415g.
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    Section Four: What About Our Homes?
     
    Please check out the world's most advanced home use air purifiers from our sister site: Earthority.com


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    Automotive Air Purification

    Driving a car may be your most toxic daily activity!

    Motor vehicles emit several pollutants that EPA classifies as known or probable human carcinogens. EPA estimates that motor vehicles account for as much as half of all cancers attributed to outdoor sources. One fact is clear: vehicles are such an integral part of our society that virtually everyone is exposed to their emissions.

    • SMOG is caused by air-born particles from burning fossil fuels, trash and industrial smoke-stacks. It dirties the sky, public places and our sensitive lungs.
    • ACID RAIN results when auto industrial and public utility emissions create sulfuric acid in the atmosphere. It is killing many of our waterways, forests and wildlife.
    • OZONE DEPLETION IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE is another effect of CFC release auto exhausts. It will cause increases in skin cancer and possibly plant animal and human genetic mutation.
    • VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and many can cause adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs can be up to ten times higher indoors than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by tobacco smoke, fuels, plastics, solvents and fragrances. A bioaerosol is a microscopic-size powder or droplet of biological origin suspended in air. Frequently encountered bioaerosols include molds, bacteria, viruses, pollens, and pet dander.
    • PARTICULATE AIR POLLUTANTS are coarser matter between 2.5 & 10 micron in diameter, known as PM10. Diesel engines emit extraordinarily amount of particulate airborne waste.
    • On top of all the above, you & your occupants are constantly bringing dirt & moisture into the vehicle cabin, trap them in a confined area w/ all windows up, let it sun-bathe, & render the cabin a perfect breeding ground (i.e. incubator) for a broad-spectrum of bacteria & many pathogens.
    Another major concern is the so-called "new car smell" which comes from toxic chemicals being released from plastics, foams & fabrics used to make steering wheels, dashboards and seats. One of the common ways chemicals are released is referred to as “off-gassing,” and evidence of this is sometimes present as a window film or “fogging” that develops on the inside of the windshield. Heat and UV-ray exposure can accelerate this process and may also cause chemicals to break down into even more toxic compounds. These chemicals are inhaled or ingested by drivers and passengers through dust and air, potentially causing allergic or other acute reactions or even long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer.

    The same chemicals that may cause human health issues can also cause problems in the environment. When vehicles are discarded at the end of their life, the majority of plastic and other nonmetallic parts are shredded and put into landfills or burned in incinerators. When discarded in landfills, harmful chemicals contained in vehicle plastics and other materials can leach out and contaminate soil and water. When incinerated, toxic chemicals are dispersed throughout the atmosphere.

    The Approach:

  • There are many ways to eliminate airborne antigens, pollutants & pathogens:
    • Allow your cabin air filter (a.k.a. A/C filter) to collect the particulate waste & dispose of it manually.
    • Collect them inside a device using fiber filter/pads & dispose of them manually.
    • Absorb & adsorb them by an activated carbon filter/pad & dispose of them manually.
    • Denature & deactivate microbes by UV-lamp.
    • Electrostatically charge, repel & make them attract to positively-charged objects like dashboard, floors, seats, overhead lining, etc. via ion generators (a.k.a. negative ionizer).
    • Oxidize them at molecular level via photocatalysis (i.e. TiO2 + UV-lamp)
    • Ozonize them at molecular level via ozonizer or plasma generator.
    • Deactivate & kill microbes by 100% essential oil w/ the proper antiviral/antibacterial blends via Aromatherapy Diffusers.
    • Some or all of the above combined methods.
  • There are many ways to eliminate settled antigens, pollutants & pathogens:
  • Apart from treating the pollutants, you can also choose to treat the driver & his occupants too:
    • Make the driver more alert via the use of 100% essential oil blends.
    • Make the driver more alert via the use of negative ions that in turn increases the dopamine level in driver.
    • Make the driver more alert via beneficial brain wave called alpha (SPA) wave.
    • Make the driver more alert & breathe better by balancing & enhancing the cabin air quality.

    A few rule-of-thumb & precautions:

    • For newer vehicles with factory cabin air filter (a.k.a. A/C filter), upgrade your filter with a higher MERV rating submicronic +/or activated carbon combo filter. OE equipment is marginally passable, this substantially better aftermarket combo filter costs more but filters much better. Newer 2009 BOSCH filters even have allergic inhibitor & silver (Ag) features available.
    • If such combo filter is not available for your vehicle model, you can still enhance your OE cabin air filter capacity by using a negative ionizer. This device negatively-charge airborne particulate waste & microbes & make them attract to your cabin filter more powerfully.
    • For older vehicles with no factory cabin air filter at all, use an aftermarket standalone air purifier that collects particulate airborne waste or you can vacuum & wipe-off your vehicle interior regularly.
    • Do NOT use ozonizer when occupants are present no matter what such device's output claim is, this is because our ambient ozone level in the city may already exceed the EPA safety level, any additional O3 level, no matter how minute, will only worsen the air quality. Ozone also corrode certain car parts.

    The hardware & how they work:

    • Negative ionizer - repels pollutants in particular submicronic particulate airborne waste from breathing zone, reduces odor, deactivates viruses/mold/bacteria plus other microbes, induces dopamine secretion in humans. It doesn't target fume / benzene though.
    • Photocatalytic air purifier - oxidizes a vast group of organic pollutants (incl. benzene, CO, fume) at molecular level, but it doesn't target particulate waste & such accumulation can impair its purifing effectiveness.
    • Aromatherapy diffuser - denatures & deactivates microbes with the proper blends, makes driver more alert and with other therapeutic effects on occupants. Certain essential oil blends can even kill MRSA (i.e. Superbug)!
    • Ozonizer (or Plasma Generator) - powerfully oxidizes pollutants & microbes. But very corrosive & should not be used when occupants are present.
    • Particulate air filtration - dust, lint, and other smaller airborne waste, organic & inorganic.
    • UV sterilizer - disrupts the RNA replication in microbes (i.e. deactivate pathogens).

    Air- & Environmental-Pollution Links:




    Why Cabin Air Fiter (a.k.a. A/C Filter)?

      Without cabin air filters, pollens, soot, dust and gases, plus unpleasant odors, would pass directly into your car. Drivers and passengers would then be inhaling unfiltered pollutants. It’s not only traffic-related and industrial fumes that can significantly impair the health and wellbeing of drivers and their passengers: agricultural substances, too, like fertilizers or manure, and natural irritant gases like ozone, have adverse effects. The resultant health risks are considerably exacerbated by what is called the tunnel effect.

      The tunnel effect: Vehicles in front of you cause an exhaust fume tunnel. The pollutants thus released are sucked into the passenger compartment in concentrated form. The exhaust fume concentration there is significantly higher than outside. In vehicles without a cabin air filter, the unfiltered pollutants reach values up to six times as high as at the edge of the roadway. Possible consequences: headaches, nausea and allergic reactions.

      Protection and safety
      SigmaAuto's line of cabin air filters do more than just filter pollutants and gases out of the air. They also protect the air-conditioner, help to prevent windows misting up.

      Extended lifetimes for air-conditioners
      Dirt in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems will adversely affect the atmosphere inside the car, directly impairing perceived levels of wellbeing, and shortening equipment lifetimes, with all the attendant costs involved. Also, better interior breathing = higher MPG! As a cabin filter clogs over time, it reduces the efficiency of your A/C which cuts directly into your overall MPG.

      Protection against misted-up windows
      Poor visibility inside the car increases the accident risk. It’s often caused by soiled filters that haven’t been replaced in time. A new cabin air filter ensures clear visibility, with concomitantly enhanced levels of comfort and safety during the drive.

    Protection against small particles and fine dust

      A cubic meter of respiratory air may contain between 10 and 80 billion particles – depending on the weather and the local conditions involved. Where precisely the particles will be deposited when inhaled will depend on their size. Basically, a distinction is drawn between two particle size categories: larger than 2 micrometers (µm = a thousandth of a millimeter) and smaller than 2 micrometers.

      Small particles: particles that are larger than approx. 2 µm will mostly be deposited in the respiratory passages. They may trigger allergic reactions and impair wellbeing. Allergy-sufferers, in particular, suffer from the small particles. Streaming eyes, dripping noses, shortness of breath or sneezing attacks reduce concentration levels and increases the risk of accidents. Sneezing at a speed of 60 miles an hour means you´re driving blind for 30 m.

      Fine dust: particles that are smaller than approx. 2 µm will predominantly be deposited in the lower parts of the respiratory passages and in the lungs. They are the ones most commonly encountered in the air. Particles of this size cannot all be retained by the mucous membranes in the nasal and pharyngeal cavities. Most of them are deposited in the lower respiratory passages and in the lungs. These respirable particles include pollutants like bacteria and fungal spores, industrial dusts, fine abraded particles and soot or diesel soot. This is particularly injurious to human health, because it may trigger infections in the lung, and also transports toxic substances. Diesel soot is regarded as a cause for diseases of the respiratory tract, cardiovascular complaints and asthma. A carcinogenic effect is also ascribed to it. micronAir offers applications providing particularly good protection against precisely these fine dusts.

    Protection against gases and odors

      Besides the small solid particles, gases (ten thousand to ten million times as small) also reach the deep regions of the lung. In enclosed spaces, particularly in vehicle passenger compartments, the oxygen channels are exposed to a multiplicity of harmful substances: e.g. benzene, toluene or ozone. Ozone is a dangerous irritant gas: it causes reactions like headaches, coughing fits or streaming eyes. The activated-charcoal layer of certain cabin air filter breaks down up to 99 percent of the ozone. A survey we conducted has revealed that drivers want to be effectively protected against odors and pollutants and respirable dusts.

    Wellbeing inside cars

      Wellbeing inside the cars a vital preconditions for a relaxed drive. Besides a pleasant temperature, it’s the quality of the air that also plays a paramount role. Thanks to its ultra-efficient filter media, the cabin air filter we present here ensure maximum purity. The effect: the vehicle’s passenger compartment is continuously supplied with fresh air. This enhances concentration levels and thus reduces the risk of accidents.

    
    
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