Inanimate objects or fomites are believed to play a significant role in transmission of infectious diseases in indoor environments (homes, schools, health care facilities, etc.).
Currently available disinfection methods do not offer long lasting activity
and must be reapplied on a regular basis. Self-sanitizing surfaces are
considered a new approach that provides long lasting capabilities for the
killing / inactivation of disease and odor causing microorganisms. Recently
the United States Environmental Protection Agency has allowed the registration
of “Self-sanitizing surfaces”. This requires a surface to kill/inactivate
microorganisms by 99.9% within two hours. Currently the only registered
product under this claim is the metal copper. We have tested earthplusTM treated surfaces against MRSA, and the virus MS-2 and found all the organisms to be killed/inactivated within two hours. Thus, earthplusTM meets the current requirements to be classified as a “Self-sanitizing
surface”. We have also found that earthplusTM treated bathroom hand towels are also effective in greatly reducing the
numbers of bacteria and eliminating coliform and bacteria in household
hand towels when they are provided to consumers.