Copper is Highly Efficacious at Killing Superbugs. Why Not Use it in the Kitchen?
July 09 2018
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Are you spreading infections in your kitchen every time you do the dishes? According to research, 90% of tea towels in your kitchen are full of bacteria.
If you have a big family and your tea towel is being used multiple times, the bugs lurking in it could leave your family susceptible to stomach aches, nausea, diarrhea, meningitis, and bacterial infections caused by nasty bugs like Coliform and E. coli. This is because, every time you use a cleaning cloth to wipe any food preparation surface, you are wiping the bacteria across the kitchen. So, make sure your tea towels are washed each day and left to dry in between uses. According to a research study conducted by the University of Mauritius where 100 tea towels were examined after one month of use, 36% were found to be contaminated with E.coli, 49% were tested positive for pathogenic bacteria, 14% were infested with Staphylococcus aureus, and the remaining 36% with Enterococcus spp. Not only the kitchen towel, the dampness and warmth of absorbent dish cloth also offer a perfect breeding environment for microorganisms and other bacteria to grow and spread across your kitchen.
Your diet and kitchen hygiene could be promoting the growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause food poisoning.
How Copper Can Keep Killer Bugs at Bay
Copper and its alloys exhibit excellent antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and anti-odour properties that have been exploited since ages to reduce the risk of infections, cure medical ailments and accelerate recovery. For all of these beneficial qualities, copper is being used everywhere – from cruise ships and gyms to hospitals and train stations.
So Why Not Use Copper in the Kitchen?
The use of copper technology is also extending to residential and commercial kitchens with the installation of copper touch surfaces, kitchen countertops, copper vessels, copper wiring, plumbing systems, kitchen sinks, door knobs, drawer handles, and faucets. After copper infused fabrics, tests are now being conducted for integrating copper technology in daily use items. Copper can be easily infused in fabrics to manufacture kitchen products like copper towels and copper cleaning wipes. These copper infused products will help avoid cross-contamination during cooking and cleaning and keep disease-causing bacteria away.
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