Copper kills bacteria and replacing fittings like door knobs and taps with copper ones could stop diseases from spreading!
Are you germophobic or would you just like to find a way to keep your home as germ-free as possible without constantly cleaning or wiping down surfaces?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, we suggest that you replace all your door handles with copper door knobs and install copper taps, too.
If you can find a copper toilet seat and flush mechanism, even better. Go the whole nine yards and get a copper dustbin while you're at it.
Copper kills bacteria! It's called the oligodynamic effect and it was discovered in 1893 by Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli.
Copper and certain other metal ions have a toxic effect on molds, spores, fungi, and viruses.
A study found that copper fittings in hospitals kill bugs really fast. In a ten week trial at Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham, taps, lavatory seats and a push plate on an entrance door were replaced with copper versions.
They were swabbed twice daily and it was found that they had 95% fewer germs on them than the fittings the hospital usually used!
Although it is not yet certain how the copper does this, it is believed that it interferes with the bacteria’s metabolism, preventing them from feeding and destroying their DNA.
The study has shown that copper kills off the deadly MRSA superbug as well as E Coli. Copper door knobs and taps can be a simple yet effective way to stop diseases from spreading!