What do you think are the top 4 grimiest surfaces in your home? (spoiler…you’ll be surprised!)
Our guess was the toilet (duh!) or possibly under our sofa … maybe the dog bed? The answer came as a real surprise. We were asked this exact question by a microbiologist and we were amazed to learn that the top dirtiest places in our homes are…
1) The kitchen sponge
2) The kitchen sink
3) Our toothbrush holder
A total shock coming in at number 4)…Our pooch’s food and water bowls!
Would you have guessed?
We all love our pets and wash their bowls thoroughly every day… right? But did you know that this is not enough to kill the germs – as microbes, such as bacteria, mould and fungi continue to multiply even after a thorough wash. Interestingly, we learned that 67% of bowls coming out of the dishwasher still have Salmonella bacteria present on their surfaces.*
WHAT THE SCIENTISTS SAY – AND WHY CLEANING OUR PET’S BOWLS EVEN EVERY DAY DOES NOT KILL GERMS
What does this mean and what can we do about it? A team of very patient microbiologists explained to us that the effects of cleaning are short lived, and once they have worn off, our dog bowls are subject to recontamination, leaving bacteria to thrive unchecked until the next clean.
So, sort of like the antibacterial hand sanitizers or surface sprays we all love to use constantly. If a surface isn’t continuously resistant to bacteria, the germs continue to thrive and multiply. The fat found in pet food for example is breeding-ground heaven for bacteria! We often get told by our readers that they have to keep cleaning the face area of their dogs after they have eaten or been drinking out their regular water and food bowls because of the bacteria build up which can lead to skin irritations and even dog acne.
WITH 25 YEARS GUARANTEED ANTIMICROBIAL PERFORMANCE THE HERO BOWL IS THE ONLY DOG BOWL YOU WILL EVER NEED
Armed with this new knowledge, our friends at HOWND decided to innovate the world’s most hygienic food and water bowl: The HERO Bowl. In an increasingly hygiene conscious world, the patent-pending HERO Bowl is a must have for pet owners that care as much about their pets’ hygiene as their own. It has built-in antimicrobial protection provided by BioCote®, a world leader in antimicrobial technology.
THE TECH BIT
The technology is present throughout the HERO Bowl, providing protection even if it becomes scratched or is chewed by the family dog. The antimicrobial protection will last for the lifetime of the bowl as it cannot not wash off or wear away.
A superior alternative to stainless steel, glass or ceramic products, the HERO Bowl is made from recyclable polypropylene and has 24-hour protection from a technology that works constantly to reduce microbes by up to 99.99% on the protected surface. Like all pet bowls, the HERO Bowl should be cleaned regularly, but unlike on an unprotected bowl, the risk of microbial cross contamination from the HERO Bowl is actively reduced as the BioCote® technology continues to perform against the colonisation of bacteria, perfectly complementing existing hygiene practices. The BioCote® additive has been proven to reduce up to 86% of bacteria in just 15 minutes, 99.5% in two hours and has even been proven to inactivate the H1N1 virus. The technology is resistant to microbes, such as bacteria, mould and fungi, and also prevents the formation of biofilms – a defence mechanism from certain bacteria that is a secretion of mucus which builds up until visible to the naked eye. BioCote® technology is proven to last for 25 years!
ARE YOU A DOG OWNER? A GROOMER? A DOG FRIENDLY CAFÉ? A VET SURGERY? A BOARDING KENNEL?
With modern day dog owners taking more interest in the health and hygiene of their pets than ever before, the HERO bowl – which by the way is non-slip and dishwasher safe – is also ideal for multiple pet households as well as vet surgeries, grooming salons, rescue centres, kennels and dog friendly cafes where bowls are often shared and hygiene is of the utmost importance.
The innovative HERO Bowl is available to order from today until July 28 only from Indiegogo with fantastic early bird discounts.
*According to the NSF – national sanitation foundation
Source: FS – Dogs – MDM
The Dog Bowl That Fights Germs