CANNOCK, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nearly five million bacteria have been found on a single disposable wet razor handle in new laboratory research by Microban.
As comparisons, typical levels of bacteria on household objects include 50 colony forming units per square inch – the standard scientific way of counting bacteria - on a computer mouse, 214 on microwave oven buttons, 2,110 on a pet food bowl and 134,630 on a kitchen cloth.*
The testing was carried out by antibacterial technology specialist Microban Europe as part of an investigation into the amount of bacteria on wet shaving equipment.
It is accepted that the presence of bacteria such as streptococci or staphylococci can be a problem for both men and women following shaving on the face or body as they can lead to shaving rashes caused by bacterial infection.
A wide range of results were found in Microban’s research with between 300 and 4.9 million CFUs on wet shave disposable razor handles and 220 and 160,000 on their non-disposable versions, as well as between 100 and 4.9 million on razor cartridges.
Paul McDonnell, Managing Director at Microban Europe, explained that wet shave razors were regularly exposed to bacteria and mould which, given conditions found in warm humid bathrooms, meant they could double in number in 20 minutes.
He said: “Because of heat and moisture, bathrooms are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria. While the results did cover a wide range, the fact that one of the swabs showed 4.9 million CFU on one of the razor blade handles underlines the potential problem.
“However, we have a range of antibacterial technologies that could be built into wet razors and blade cartridges at the point of manufacture that are highly effective at killing bacteria and which do not wash away or wear off.”
*From tests by the US Center for Disease Control.
About Microban Europe
Microban Europe has headquarters in Cannock, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, and also has operations in Germany, Italy and France. Microban International is headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, United States, and has Asian offices based in Hong Kong and Shenzhen as well as a South American office in Brazil.
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