Archive for December 2nd, 2007

“Debugging the House”

December 2, 2007

“Debugging the House: From vacuums to towels, new products for the microbe-phobic” is about different technologies to fight bacterial germs in your house from the Wall Street Journal. In particular they discuss the pros/cons of

  • Silver Ions
  • Copper Oxide
  • Steam
  • Triclosan
  • Ultraviolet Light

All that said, the article tries to balance explaining the threat with the paranoia

Many common organisms can be dangerous or even deadly: Some 3,000 germs are known to cause human illness, says John Sinnott, director of Infectious Disease and International Medicine at the University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital.

Even so, trying to wipe out all of the bacteria in your house isn’t advisable, experts say. Science writer Jessica Snyder Sachs, author of “Good Germs, Bad Germs,” says 99.9% of all germs are harmless to humans, and some are even beneficial. “Our bodies are covered with microbes, and many protect us against the bad guys,” she says.