Pipila: Zapping Pacifier Germs in Three Fashion Colors

Photo of three Pipila orbs with yellow, blue and red transparent plastic clamshell covers.

Pipila is Australia’s entry into the emerging UVC baby gear market. The what? Oh yeah, germs are big business. UVC is a type of ultraviolet light known as "germicidal light." It disrupts the cellular DNA of microorganisms, and that’s really not much fun for a microorganism.

Pipila is billed as "the world’s first purpose built portable pacifier steriliser."

I seem to recall profiling a slightly larger, yet still portable Canadian-made portable sanitizer found on the market last year, but maybe it wasn’t "purpose built."

But, no matter. Let’s take a look. This one is much smaller and prettier.

Photo of a yellowish green Pipilia with its clamshell cover open and a pacifier inserted in its center.

The device’s operation is cut and dry. Pop two AAA batteries into the compact (3.5"x3.5") unit. Place any style or size pacifier into the Pipila and turn it on. A light activates and then you wait 6 minutes. Presto change-o, up to 99.9 percent of germs have been killed.

When we talk about UVC’s bug-killing power, there’s always that pesky "up to" phrase attached because kill rates can vary. This device comes tested by the National Association of Testing Authorities, the government-endorsed national laboratory in Australia.

Pipila will be sold in blue, pink (looks red to me) or lime for a suggested retail price of $29.99 AUD (about $28 USD at today’s exchange rate).

This gadget is brand spanking new, going on the Australian market in the next couple months. I wriggled out of a Pipila rep that overseas sales, including sales in America, could happen that soon, too. Negotiations are ongoing with a US distributor.

Of some concern may be that the Pipila is composed of ABS and polycarbonate plastic, according to specifications listed on the Australian International Design Awards website. Polycarbonate is the plastic associated with Bisphenol-A that is increasingly under fire for potential health issues.

The unsettling thought that bothers me about killing bugs with UVC is that they don’t blow away in a puff of smoke. If you zap the bugs and then stick the pacifier in your baby’s mouth, your baby is sucking on microorganism corpses. Yummy.

I prefer thinking, pretending, believing that running a pacifier under tap water flushes away the baddies. And if we drop a pacifier while away from home, well, that’s why we pack a back-up pacifier.

See related: Review of the Halo UVX germ-killing vacuum cleaner


7 Responses to “Pipila: Zapping Pacifier Germs in Three Fashion Colors”

  1. PsychMamma says:

    I’m with you on using water, which is also available almost anywhere you go. We also always carry an extra pacifier on the road, but, in a pinch (when both have been dropped and no water’s handy), a baby wipe works too.

    May 9th, 2008 at 5:04 am

  2. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    6 minutes! Yikes.

    Generally, when the pacifier falls on the floor, it gets rinsed off under water and then popped back in the baby’s mouth. 6 minutes isn’t going to do it. Can you imagine the baby’s distress by then?

    May 9th, 2008 at 11:32 am

  3. Erica says:

    I like to believe that picking off the fuzzies and then blowing on it magically cleanses my daughter’s binky of all unkind germs when rinsing is not available and the back-up binky is dirty or at home. As for the product, I like it, but I want it for free. Call me stingy, I don’t care. And AJ, wouldn’t little sterile germy corpses be better than active germies?

    May 9th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

  4. Tracy says:

    We follow the 10 second rule for dropped dummies. :)

    May 9th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

  5. Tracy says:

    Hmmm.. guess I should mention that pacifiers are called dummies here in Australia.

    May 9th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

  6. Cindi says:

    I can only take so much of germs and phobias of them! Haven’t they discovered that using too many anti-bacterial things like gels, handwashes, etc.,only cause us to pick up more germs?!

    May 9th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

  7. addy says:

    not sure about this product with our first daughter we also used water (maybe 2004 ws a simpler time with less worries about germs and such) most places have some…it is like a liquid type stuff that comes out of silvery metal type faucets… for my triplets we got a prince lionhart pacifier sprayer thingee (http://www.safetyed.org/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=131) that utilized water and mouthwash to kill germs…that we got as a gift…I think I used it once as the trips hated pacifiers after about 1.5 months and spent alot of the time at a NICU and then hardly went out…I guess was suppose to worry more about germs with the trips because they were born premature. now I am rambling again…bottom line I would not buy such a product.

    May 10th, 2008 at 2:26 am

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