How to Reduce Bacteria in the Kitchen
22 Jan 2018
Multitasking in the kitchen can quickly lead to the dispersion of bacteria – hands move from holding raw meat to touching sinks and cabinets without washing. In fact, according to a study conducted by NSF International, kitchen sinks contain the most germs in a home – more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch. With these statistics, preparing meals and washing dishes might as well be done in the toilet. Luckily, one of the trendiest metals has a bacteria killing component.
Copper is no stranger to the kitchen. Pots and pans made of the metal have long been used by chefs around the world. However, homeowners are now taking advantage of one of its most beneficial characteristics – keeping bacteria at bay. Antimicrobial copper alloys are the only solid metal touch surface materials registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continuously kill more than 99.9 percent of bacteria* when cleaned regularly.
With over 500 different alloy compositions, providing a wide range of finishes, copper can easily fit in with any home design. Recently, In the House radio show installed a copper farmhouse sink and antimicrobial cabinet hardware in a home it was remodeling.
The cabinet hardware was installed in the kitchen in minutes, just like any other kitchen hardware. No special tools, no special preparation required.
The beauty of copper is that its antimicrobial properties are always working – while routine cleaning to remove dirt is necessary, normal wear and even the natural oxidation does not prevent it from continuously killing harmful bacteria. It remains effective even after repeated wet and dry abrasion and after re-contamination.
Whether you utilize copper in your sink or for the faucet, light switches, drawer and cabinet handles or countertops, rest assured that your family will be safe from harmful bacteria.
To find antimicrobial copper products and services near you, visit antimicrobialcopper.org
*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, antimicrobial copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coliO157:H7. Antimicrobial copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination or infections; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices.