By Stacy Lipson
Posting in Environment
To keep germs at bay, researchers at the University of Georgia have invented an anti-microbial spray which can turn clothes, uniforms, and linens into germ-free items after one application.
After a long, sweaty run, you dump your stinky clothes in the laundry basket. You head to the laundry room, but a glance at the clock reminds you that you're running behind schedule. Your clothes are a prime target for germs-the longer they are left in the laundry basket, the more likely they are to multiple and grow.
To keep germs at bay, researchers at the University of Georgia have invented an anti-microbial spray which can turn clothes, uniforms, and linens into germ-free items after one application. While the spray was created for the textile and plastics industry, researchers hope to be able to use this technology in hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, and private residences.
In a press release, researcher Jason Locklin said:
"The spread of pathogens on textiles and plastics is a growing concern, especially in healthcare facilities and hotels, which are ideal environments for the proliferation and spread of very harmful microorganisms, " said Jason Locklin, the inventor, who is an assistant professor of chemistry in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia.
In an interview with SmartPlanet, Gennaro Gama, senior technology manager at the University of Georgia, explained how the spray can be used against germs and bacteria.
"The technology has been shown to be effective against a plurality of microorganisms, including both Gram negative and positive bacteria," said Gama. "It is aimed at controlling the spread of pathogens that are communicated by touch, such as salmonella, E. coli, and staph infections," said Gama.
Gamma also pointed out that if the antimicrobial layer is removed from a layer of clothing due to friction, it can be reapplied with a single spray.
This research was published in a paper for the June 2011 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
James Locklin did not respond to phone calls or e-mails seeking comment.
Image: Wikimedia/Umberto Salvagnin
Jul 7, 2011
Germ free spray! i am hearing this first time is there really any spray which kill the germs from cloths and curtains? so i will definitely buy this. Chemical Exporters in India because at home i am not having time for the washing the cloths.
The active ingredient needed to kill germs on surfaces, both hard and soft, was invented over 20 years ago by Dow Corning. The problem was, it wasn't stable or semi-permanent - so it washed away in the rain, or wiped away when touched or cleaned. That all changed a few years ago, when the proper bonding agents were perfected by a company in Arizona. My company is now marketing these products, and they are available today through our website www.GermFreeLife.com. A wealth of test data is posted there as well. The active ingredient kills germs through a process known as lysis, in which the germs are literally impaled on a molecular 'spear' or sword. The germ cells pop like balloons, so there is no mutagenicity or creation of 'super bugs' that become resistant to the process - as is the case with most poison-based germicides. We have a product for hand sanitization, "Germ Free HandZ" that lasts 24 hours with one application and contains Amosilq, which moistens and softens your skin rather than drying it like alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Plus we have an antimicrobial product called Vitacide Z-71 that can be applied to any surface that accepts water, and can be embedded into fabric to create germ-killing garments. Sorry for the self-promotion, but several readers asked where such a product can be purchased, and I wanted to make them aware that tested and proven products are readily available today. Thanks.
I wonder at germophobia of the Americans. If they keep coming up with ideas that will prevent their exposure to berms/bacteria even virus their natural immunity will be lost forever, Like so may suffered from water born diseases in Viet Nam they will be so susceptible to everything!. Even in India I eat and drink everywhere. Haven't suffered from any kind of illness in more than 20 years ! May be common cold 3 - 4 times and head aches, again 3 - 4 times ! In my 65 years of life I have come across only 1 (one) person in India who was allergic to wheat. Haven't come across a single person who was allergic to to nuts. I find this allergy business is afflicting a sizable percentage of the US population. Why not let nature do the job in building your resistance? What I really wonder about is how are the US troops coping with the environment in Iraq? There just might be more deaths due to ill health than enemy action.
Is this ad copy? It reads something like a commercial for mouthwash but leaves out making any promises about bad breath. BTW, aren't bacteria germs?
Very few bacteria ("germs") are pathogens. If this product comes into widespread use, there will be a host of unintended consequences. Sure, use it in hospitals and other high-risk places, but not for everyday use! And the issue about the effects on sewage plants and other places where eubacteria are needed is a very serious one!
Do the components in this spray cause problems in sewage plants, which rely on naturally occurring bacteria to break down waste? Will these components bypass the sewage treatment process and kill necessary bacteria in streams and water bodies? How persistent are they, will they be around for decades like DDT and PCBs? Why not create an analog that is bound to the fabric and not mobile?
How can I rejoice if there is no clue about what it is, how to get it, *if* I can get it, where I could see it in action, etc.?
But this new chemical invention isn't dealing with things which we FEED to our babies and children as they grow up. (I'll put my comments in favor of this invention within a separate post; this is purely a reply to yours.) I agree with you: We "USAyers" (find a a new name, because Mexicans and Canadians are 'Americans' too;) have been feeding our their youngsters with manufactured formulas, manufactured babyfood, and manufactured grocery "food" for decades. These severely limited ingredients are probably a big factor in our high rate of food allergy diseases. We also live indoors, avoiding all kinds of "natural" exposures to airborn pollen. So, here's my opinion: When your 3 year old is playing in the back yard, makes a "mudpie" out of dirt, and then wants to EAT some of it: If the dirt hasn't been ruined with pesticides or excrement, then my opinion would be that you should tell your kid to GO AHEAD and taste it. And maybe have a tiny nibble yourself ! :)) I'm guessing that human children have an instinct, to make and then EAT mudpies, during play, for a VERY good reason. Nearly every child wants to do this at one time or another, and the need is biological.