Silicone door handles made from antimicrobial materials are a simple way to protect your home from germs. Using micronized antibacterial silver, this silicone door knob cover uses the natural bacteria-killing properties of silver to get rid of germs on one of the most used items in your home: door handles. Elegantly designed, this antimicrobial door handle cover fits most models.
A Silicone Door Knob Cover That Kills Bacteria
Door knobs are a hotspot for bacteria in the home and public places. Plus, there isn't a way to get around touching it, either. One study found 1323 bacteria colonies living on just 27 door knobs. Viruses like the coronavirus can live up to several days on hard surfaces according to the World Health Organization -- and stainless steel (the metal most door knobs are made of) is especially receptive to hosting bacteria.
Our upcoming antimicrobial door knob harnesses the power of silicone infused with antibacterial silver to slow or stop the spread of germs. Micronized silver is well-known for its ability to function as a natural antibacterial agent (check out the research). This is due to the high presence of a specific kind of silver ion Ag+.
Our protective door knob covers are engineered from medical-grade silicone infused with micronized antibacterial silver. A no-fuss way to diminish the spread of bacteria and viruses without the hassle.
4 Reasons to Love This Antimicrobial Door Handle
Today, the spread of viruses is reminding us why stopping the spread of bacteria and viruses matters. Research suggests that keeping your hands clean matters. In fact, washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water, can have large scale impacts. It's also crucial to keep your hands clean after you've washed them. That can mean using antimicrobial door handles that are:
- Easy to install: Simply slip them over existing door knobs and they're ready to use.
- Effective: Silver has been used to reduce the spread of bacteria for millennia. Keep reading to check out the research on its antimicrobial properties.
- Comfortable: These medical grade silicone door knob covers are soft to the touch and integrate seamlessly and stylishly into any home.
- Long-lasting: We use premium materials that last for years.
Does Silver Kill Bacteria? A Natural Antibacterial
In ancient civilizations, people used silver to reduce and kill bacteria. Today, it has regained popularity because of antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance: When we're over-exposed to antimicrobial products -- medications and products that kill bacteria -- viruses can adapt to become antibiotic-resistant strains that are tough to treat.
Scientists have re-discovered silvers potency and are doubling-down on antimicrobial silver research. Today, silver in medical applications and personal products are regaining popularity, including:
- Wound dressings
- Computer keyboards
- Washing machines
- Air purifiers
- Scuba diving mouthpieces
And now silicone antibacterial door covers. Easy to install and effective, our micronized silver silicone door handles may stop the spread of bacteria on this frequently touched item in the home, workplace, and public spaces.
Our Experience with Antimicrobial Silicone
On a previous product, antimicrobial scuba mouthpieces, we conducted third-party lab testing to determine how effective our material was at dispelling bacteria. The test concluded a 91-99% reduction in bacteria tested. In other words, our previous product was confirmed to be antimicrobial by a laboratory.
Why Antibacterial Silver Door Knobs Work
Cultures have used silver for a long time because it is toxic to bacteria. More technically, it binds to membranes. Research suggests that bacteria that are most sensitive to silver will have a lot more of it -- in other words, more silver successfully bound to it.
Some scientific inquiry also points to what researchers are calling the "zombie effect:" When silver kills bacteria, those cells may aid in the killing of more bacteria after their death. This may be a reason for the metal's widespread use, especially pre-antibiotics, as an antimicrobial agent.
In the 1920s, penicillin, the first antibiotic, was invented. As it is more potent than natural antimicrobials like silver, research and treatments quickly became centered around antibiotics, rather than metals. Today, however, we know that over-exposure to antibiotics can create resistant bacteria that medical professionals struggle to treat. Antimicrobial silver may be a natural way to reduce the spread of bacteria without over-exposure.
Antimicrobial vs Antibacterial
Yes, our micronized silver and silicone door knob covers are both antimicrobial and antibacterial. That means that they're designed to reduce the spread of both bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Bacteria can be treated with antibiotics, whereas viruses are tougher to treat because they bind to a person's existing cells and replicate, rather than existing on their own.
Antimicrobial means that it mitigates the spread of bacteria and viruses.
Bacteria on Door Handles Is a Problem
Door knobs are a breeding ground for germs. One study suggests that the more it's used, the more likely it is to contain high levels of bacteria. In other words, hospital, public place and bathroom door knobs are a great place for bacteria to breed. The same study found that a handle was five times more likely to host microbes than a push door.
In fact, a germ-ridden door knob can infect between 40 and 60 percent of an office within 2 to 4 hours, according to this study.
This problem is not just restricted to door knobs. Elevator buttons, keyboards, and other everyday items can be host to viruses and bacteria for days if left uncleaned. The best solution for these is to avoid touching things, and if you have to, do not touch your face. Washing your hands for twenty minutes with warm soapy water is also crucial.
Antimicrobial Silicone Door Knob Covers
Keep everyday colds and more serious viruses away with antimicrobial door knob covers made from medical grade silicone with micronized silver. These unique covers are compatible with a variety of door knobs at home, work and in public places. Using micronized antibacterial silver, this unique, American-made product is an essential household accessory.