The NY Times has an interesting article written by a doctor who claims, “I’m a doctor. If I drop food on the kitchen floor, I still eat it”.
He goes on to talk about studies (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16134485) that have been done on how ‘germy’ (my word – not his!) are various places around the home and office. They sampled many locations around the house and came up with measures of how ‘germy’ those surfaces really are, before any cleaning or disinfecting has taken place. Some of the results may surprise you!
The kitchen floor was found to have 2.75 colonies per square inch (of coliform bacteria). The refrigerator handle had 5.37 colonies and the kitchen counter had 5.57 colonies. He goes on to the bathroom where the toilet seat that we all think of as being so easily contaminated, only had 0.68 colonies! But the flush handle for that toilet had 34.65 colonies!
That is a great illustration of what are known as ‘high-touch areas’ – places where many hands touch regularly. These high-touch areas then, are places where our fight against harmful germs can make a difference. The refrigerator handle, the flush, lever, are fairly obvious places, but what about other high touch surfaces – such as your phone! “One study, for instance, found that about 95 percent of mobile phones carried by health care workers were contaminated with nosocomial bacteria. Of those contaminated with staph aureus, more than half were contaminated with methicillin resistant bacteria (MRSA).”
How about the money in your wallet or purse? Many studies have pointed out just how germy money is, but how often have you seen someone pay cash for a sandwich and then eat that sandwich immediately?
The ‘germiest’ thing around your home is most likely – the sponge in your kitchen sink, which was found to have around 20 million colonies per square inch!
There are so many things we touch every day – atm machine, keyboards, light switches, steering wheels, and so on. We have been touching those places day-in and day-out for all out lives and are still here to tell about it, so really, it can’t be that bad. But if you are concerned about it, then there is something you can do.
Use SNiPER to disinfect or sanitize. Generally speaking, sanitizing is referred to as killing about 99.9% of bacteria (not including virus) on some hard surface within 30 seconds; typically, food preparation surfaces are sanitized. Disinfection destroys multiple organisms including bacteria and some viruses. ‘Disinfectants’ are regulated by the US E.P.A. To be allowed this designation, you must demonstrate that the product kills 99.999% of selected microbes in 5 – 10 minutes.
SNiPER meets the disinfect standard when used full strength and allowed to dwell on the surface for the full 5-10 minutes. You can meet the ‘sanitize’ standard when you dilute SNiPER by 6:1 (Water: SNiPER). Typically for sanitizing, you can simply spray and walk away, allowing it to air dry.
We have instructions for how to sanitize your phone here, http://blog.nokout.com/clean-the-germs-from-your-devices-safely-with-sniper/. We also have articles for how to clean and disinfect your fridge here: https://www.nokout.com/Clean-and-Disinfect-your-Rerigerator.html, disinfect your kitchen https://www.nokout.com/Kitchen-Clean-Up-and-Disinfection-with-Nok-Out.html your microwave https://www.nokout.com/Clean-and-Disinfect-your-Microwave.html and your bathroom here: https://www.nokout.com/Remove-Bathroom-Odor-and-Disinfect-too.html.
If you have survived until adulthood, you have done so despite coming into direct contact with germs passed via the ‘high-touch’ areas, so in all probability, you are tough, with a strong immune system that protects you. But at certain times of the year, concern that illness-causing germs get passed from person to person increase. If it is being a difficult flu season, then perhaps an easy and effective way to limit the spread of pathogens is to treat the high touch areas with a good disinfecting product. (If you are worried about what may be on your hands, spray them down with SNiPER, and allow them to air dry.) SNiPER is the perfect solution. With it’s very low toxicity, its high efficacy and ease of application, SNiPER can help reduce the likelihood that some nasty pathogen comes into your home. Buy some today, because if you need it, you’ll be glad you have it!
If you have any questions, call Ted at 866 551 1927.
Gyms, fitness centers and locker rooms are near perfect breeding grounds for all kinds of micro-organisms that are the source of odors. Damp conditions surround communal shower areas. Sweaty equipment gets tucked away in lockers or gym bags. It is hardly surprising that your locker room is a smelly place. It doesn’t have to be. Get rid of those odors safely with SNiPER Disinfectant and Odor Eliminator.
Although there are many products out there that claim to help, most of them are only masks that hide the odor beneath some fragrance. Or they are some type of absorbent material that is supposed to absorb those odors and make the locker room smell sweet again. At best, these products are temporary band-aids that make no attempt to remove the source of the odor but instead, try to hide the odor. At worst, some of those fragrances come from entirely unregulated ingredients that may leave a toxic residue behind and which may be a source of allergens.
Get rid of Locker Room Odor and disinfect with SNiPER!
SNiPER is the solution to locker room odor. This product can totally transform a locker room from a smelly, unpleasant place to a clean, safe indoor environment that has no odor at all. Best of all, it is safe enough that you can fog or spray the contaminated areas while people are still in place without worry, due to the low-toxicity nature of this product. And because SNiPER is non-corrosive, it will not destroy your expensive equipment.
SNiPER is an EPA registered hospital-grade disinfectant that is 99.4% water. It is easy and safe to apply, non-corrosive, environmentally friendly and is a true deodorizer. We don’t think it is possible that you could find another product that has all these attributes in one package!
SNiPER – strong enough to kill pathogens on contact, safe enough to wash your hands in.
Buy a quart today, because you will want to have some around for when you need it!
For How-To instructions, see: http://www.nokout.com/Deodorize-and-Disinfect-Sports-Facilities-and-Equipment.html and http://www.nokout.com/Remove-Odors-from-Sports-Equipment.html
Canine Parvovirus (Parvo) is a highly contagious killer of dogs. Wikipedia claims that the mortality rate can be 91% if left untreated. It spreads by “direct or indirect contact with feces”. This terrible infection can spread like wildfire through a kennel or doggie daycare facility and because it is so highly contagious, can then be brought home on your dog.
Often the harsh chemicals used to kill this pathogen are highly toxic and can be rather frightful themselves because they are so highly toxic. You really would not want to spray some of these inside your home! But there is hope.
SNiPER KILLS CANINE PARVO SAFELY!
SNiPER has been tested to kill Parvo, but is itself of very low toxicity – you can safely wash your hands in it! This chlorine dioxide product is a new generation of cleaning products that does not contribute to a toxic household and does not produce toxic by-products.
Application instructions can be seen here: https://www.nokout.com/Canine-Parvovirus.html
Don’t kill the dog! Kill the Parvo infection!
It is hockey season again. And all that equipment can stink up a closet something fierce.
SNiPER to the rescue!
Kids – and adults – sweat like crazy when playing hockey and that sweat gets into every nook and crevice of the equipment. So does dead skin cells and other crud that provides food for the bacteria that are the real cause behind this stink.
Here’s how to fix it:
1) Wear a layer between the skin and the equipment. This helps capture both sweat and dead skin cells that provide a food source to odor-producing bacteria.
2) When you get home, take the equipment out of the bag and hang it all up to dry. Giving it a good spray with SNiPER at this stage can reduce the frequency with which you will need to put the gear into the washer. If possible, wash the clothing immediately. If it is not possible, hanging damp clothing up to dry reduces the moisture source necessary for those stink-producing microbes to thrive.
3) Spray the equipment down with SNiPER as you are hanging it up. Pay special attention to straps and other areas that are likely to absorb sweat. No matter how careful you are, at some point you will need to throw the equipment into the wash. If you are using your washing machine, add 6 – 8 oz of SNiPER to a pre-wash cycle and allow it to soak for up to 30 minutes. You can put all clothing, shin, elbow and shoulder pads and gloves into the wash. Don’t put your helmet into the wash! Be sure and ‘mate’ any velcro items to prevent tangling. Turn gloves inside out and spray with SNiPER carefully and thoroughly – allow to air dry.
If you don’t want to throw the equipment into your washer, then find a wash tub that is big enough, add SNiPER to the water (about 6 oz to a gallon of water). Before you toss the equipment in, give it a good rinse first, then into the tub and allow it to soak for an hour. Take it out, hang it up and allow it to dry. It wouldn’t hurt to put fans on it to speed the drying process.
Put clothing items into the dryer, but not pads or gloves. Air dry outside, when possible.
4) Skates can get really stinky. Give them a little spritz after every use and open the ‘throat’ a bit to allow it more air to dry more fully. If they are really damp, pull the inner soles out and allow them to dry separately. If you are one of those who frequently have shoe odor problems, it would be a good idea to give your skates a little spritz every time, after you have worn them.
In our last blog series, we learned about Indoor Air Pollution that is caused by insufficient ventilation in modern homes which can result in a build-up of toxic chemicals. The build-up occurs because modern homes are so tightly sealed up that when you use these toxic chemicals to clean your home, they are unable to escape to the outside and then simply accumulate each week as you clean your home.
One of the best ways you can reduce the ‘toxic load’ in your indoor environment is simple – replace your toxic cleansers with others that are less toxic.
Grocery Store Cleansers
Rows and Rows and Rows of Cleaning Products line the shelves of the grocery store. It can be intimidating. Do you go with whatever is being advertised heavily? Do you buy what your mother used? Do you decide to take the cheapest (or most expensive) product? A better informed consumer makes an educated purchaser, saving money and time. Here is what you should know.
People use a vast array of different cleansers, deodorizers, anti-bacterials, and other products that can provide cosmetic or a healthy improvement to your home, and they often also remove the harmful bacteria and microorganisms that cause infection and illness. However, many cleaning products leave behind chemical residues that can be as bad for you or worse than the bacteria that they got rid of.
The most dangerous chemicals in your home are corrosive cleansers such as oven cleaner, acid-based toilet bowl cleansers, and of course drain cleaners. Even after use, these aggressive chemicals can cause severe burns, both external, as on the skin or eyes, and internal, burning even the esophagus, stomach, and intestines.
You might think that you’re safer with more common cleansers like bleach or ammonia, but both of these can still be punishing irritants. Not only that, but for children, the elderly, and anyone with asthma or heart or lung diseases, bleach or ammonia can cause extreme and severe reactions and should never be used in areas where they can be exposed to them. Additionally, those two can react with other cleaners off-gas, and make highly toxic fumes, creating deadly chlorine gas.
Many fragrances that are found in cleaning products and odor eliminators – especially those used in laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and fabric sprays – can cause allergic or even toxic reactions. Companies often claim that their chemical makeups are trade secrets to avoid divulging the specific harmful chemicals and allergens in their products. (Don’t believe us? Do a google search with the search terms “Are product ‘scents’ safe?”)
Immediate reactions to direct exposure are only one form of danger, however. Far more treacherous is that many cleansers have chemicals in them that are known carcinogens or can have neurological or hormonal consequences after prolonged contact. Avoid any product that has diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA),1,4-dioxane, or butyl cellosolve in it. Again- many products that contain those potentially lethal chemicals don’t even list them, so do your research.
Since it’s difficult to find out the specific chemical makeup of any product, your best bet is to only use an EPA-registered, cleaner that you can be sure is non-harmful. True cleanliness isn’t just about a home that appears to be safe and clean, it’s about making sure that everyone that lives there or even just comes to visit is protected from harm.
The good news is that using Nok-Out odor eliminator or SNiPER disinfectant and odor eliminator does not leave toxic residues behind. Fragrance-free SNiPER enjoys the lowest toxicity rating that the EPA gives out. It works to kill bacteria, viruses, mildew and other microbes that can cause illness and infection, but will not cause you or your family harm. Our goal is to do good where we can, with you in mind.
Throw them away!
So throw away those products that are ‘fresh scented’ because those scents might well be causing you harm and no one is protecting consumers from this. Get rid of the bleach you use to kill mold, because it doesn’t really kill the mold anyway and absolutely does not kill the spores. Why spend your money on several products when there is one product that can replace many of those items under your sink? Try SNiPER instead. Your home environment will improve as toxicity levels stop climbing.
See all SNiPER products here.
How to clean and Disinfect your phone with SNiPER Disinfectant
When holding your cell phone, tablet or the remote control. Is it oily and smudged with fingerprints or lint on the screen? Are crumbs from a snack lingering on the device? Did you find some stray pet hairs? Forbid the thought, but is it sticky? Yuck.
If any of the above gets a head nod, then, we need to talk. Think about where your mobile devices go. Do they travel from hand to hand? Into pockets where crumbs, candy wrappers, dirty tissues live and forgotten? Are they given to toddlers to handle (who knows where their hands have been?), passed around to various hands to show off images? Studies have shown that there is more invisible crud on your handheld device than on the bottom of your shoe! Gross to consider, isn’t it?
In the November 2013 issue of the “American Journal of Infection Control”, the debate is over. Mobile devices are well-known as a pervasive source of disease transmission. Consequently, we should strive to keep our devices clean and free from germs. Not just for our own health, and the good health of our friends and relatives, but to keep the trade-in value high when you want to upgrade to a new device.
Here are some tips to keep your cell phones, tablets, laptop, keyboard, mouse, and other mobile devices safe for you and friends to touch. Remember however, that mobile devices are not waterproof and cleaning them is tricky. Here are the Best Practices for Cleaning and Disinfecting your mobile equipment:
Regularly use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe away smudges, etc. This method, when regularly used, is also enough to eliminate many common bacteria in our environment. For the nasty bacteria that take a ride on your cellphone, use SNiPER, a hospital grade disinfectant that is safe enough to wash your hand with, to clean and disinfect your phone, tablet or other device. This well documented disinfectant that kills bacteria and viruses safely and efficiently. Never spray SNiPER directly on your gadget. Instead, spray a soft cloth with SNiPER until it is damp/moist, but not wet. Wipe the device carefully, paying attention to the corners, the on/off switch, and volume control. A soft q-tip works well in this instance.
Most manufactures of these devices warn against using “window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia or abrasives”. The unique formulation of SNiPER is non-corrosive and will not harm your device if applied properly. For computer keyboards, which are really a warehouse of stored microbes, dust and food spills, can be cleaned with a can of compressed air and a light spray of SNiPER. (Don’t overdo spraying! Use a gentle spray of SNiPER, and after two or three minutes, wipe away any excess moisture that remains on the surface. Or, apply by spraying a cloth and use that cloth to wipe down your device. Compressed air cans will finish the job for you.)
You really can be as obsessive as you feel is necessary when taking care of these objects. For good health, experts recommend you to wipe your devices daily with a soft microfiber cloth. Don’t forget about wrist pillows, and mouse pads. If they are washable, regularly toss them in with other laundry. If not washable, spray thoroughly with SNiPER. Allow to air dry before using again.
This is easy! Did you know that It takes about 15 consecutive times to form a habit? Consider putting this task in your morning routines for 15 days. By then, it will not be a chore, or a forgotten task, you will make a new habit-and a good one!