I avoid germs as fanatically as any other mom and I’m a firm believer that airplanes are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to spreading illness.

So in theory, the Nozin nasal sanitizer ($9.95 for a 10-swab travel pack at GNC), a new product that kills 99.9% of germs on contact and creates a barrier to fight germs for eight hours, is the perfect weapon to protect my family vacation against being ruined by a nasty bug. And it’s simple to use: Just swipe a Q-tip-like swab inside your nostrils pre-flight and – wham! – you’re guarded against illness.

But truth be told, I just couldn’t bring myself to try it. I know, I know, it’s my job as a product reviewer to put new products to the test, but the idea of putting wet swabs of I-don’t-know-what into several of my body cavities gives me the heebie-jeebies. Besides, it’s not as if I can’t justify my lack of thoroughness. It’s impossible to prove their effectiveness. Let’s say I use it before a trip and fail to come down with anything. What does that prove? Isn’t there a good chance I would’ve stayed healthy anyway? Could I really say it’s due to Nozin? Exactly! And so, my fellow moms, all I can say about these nasal sanitizers is: Nice idea on paper, repulsive concept in practice.