Germ Protection from the Dirtiest Things you Touch Every Day

The Dirtiest Things you Touch Every Day

We often talk about the dirtiest items you come in contact with at your gym or yoga studio, but what about outside those environments? While it’s not a pleasant thing to think about, germs and bacteria are on most items we touch every day, and we aren’t just talking the common cold. Everyday, you touch staph, e coli, and other microorganisms, and when you touch your face, they get into your body and make you sick. These five items are some of the biggest common culprits:

  • Smartphones and tablets – these days, our cell phones are an extension of our hands, going with us everywhere… including the bathroom. People who scroll on their smartphones and tablets while going to loo are collecting all those germs and bacteria that are festering in the bathroom. In fact, a recent study found that phones have 10 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. Every time you touch your phone or tablet, the germs they carry, including strep, staph, and e coli, make their way onto your hands. Then, when you touch your face, they make their way into your body.
  • Purses and backpacks – purses and backpacks, like cell phones, go pretty much everywhere with us. The only difference is cell phones aren’t usually set on the floor while you’re sitting down. Purses and backpacks are placed on so many surfaces that it should be no surprise many studies throughout the years have concluded they carry more bacteria than the handle flusher on a toilet. The bathroom, your kitchen, the sidewalk – purses and backpacks are placed on so many disgusting services and they collect all the bacteria they come in contact with along the way. This bacteria then globs onto the items in your purse, waiting to be ingested or breathed in.
  • Money – paper money is made of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen, making it the perfect place for germs to set up camp. Combine that information with the fact that most money stays in circulation for five to 15 years, and it’s scary to think about how dirty it is! Last year, a study concluded there are hundreds of species of microorganisms on cash, including vaginal bacteria, pet dander, e coli, salmonella, and staph. Unless you wash your hands before and after handling money every single time, these viruses will get to your hands and eventually your mouth.  
  • Car keys – while car keys themselves are usually metal, which is a material germs don’t usually stick to, what about the plastic piece at the top of key or the little crevices? Every time you handle your keys, any dirt, sweat, or germs on your hands are transferred to your keys and vice versa. And those cute keychains you pick up from vacation? Depending on the material and build, those may harbor even more kinds of microorganisms that can threaten your health.
  • Shoes – same concept as the purses and backpacks, but shoes come in contact with the ground all day every day. Think of all the places you walk throughout a single day. Now, think about where you place your shoes when you need to carry them. Backpack? Purse? Gym bag? Placing your shoes into your personal bags is only contributing to the disgusting germs and bacteria they already carry, which puts your wellness into greater jeopardy.

With all that being said, what should you do to protect yourself from these germs and bacteria on the items you touch every day? In each of these five cases, our ZipPockets will give you the protection you need to stay healthy all year long. They are 5×9” – the perfect size for your phone, credit cards, money, and keys. Even better, they fit into your purse or backpack to protect your most important items from the germs living in and on your bag’s surface. Our ZipPockets come in a variety of fashionable colors and offer unmatched germ protection every day.

lori-art-museum-yoga-bag – ThePureBag: A yoga tote designed by a local woman that just might save your life

Hot yoga is a wet and sweaty situation.

And on those mornings when perspiration drips from the tip of my nose onto my mat while I flow from downward facing dog to plank, my focus is on making it to savasana— not germs.

But Doylestown entrepreneur Lori Gildea wants yogis and gym rats not to just know, but to understand, that post-workout microbes are real. Gildea, a pharmaceutical executive, got so sick two years ago from a bug doctors think she contracted from the gym that she was out of work for six months.

After recovering from myositis, an infection that attacked her muscles and left her in such pain she couldn’t pick up a fork, she conceived, designed, and produced ThePureBag, a 29-inch-long germ-fighting crossbody specifically for toting yoga mats.

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As part of her fitness routine, Lori Gildea regularly wiped down the equipment at the gym, washed her hands and laundered her workout clothes as soon as she got home.

Still, the Warwick High School graduate contracted a debilitating illness she traces back to a virus picked up by her gym bag.

In the months she spent recovering, a doctor suggested yoga classes could help. But she couldn’t find a gym bag she could trust.

So Gildea made her own, started a business and began selling her bags.

The PureBag is an antibacterial bag big enough for a yoga mat, plus more. It’s made in Lancaster County and sold at a few fitness studios around the country, including two locally.

The bags are one way to protect yourself from germs, bacteria and viruses. Gildea says she’s not picking on gyms or yoga studios for having germs.

“The problem is they can literally finish cleaning and five minutes later, somebody can walk in, and who knows what they can bring in the door with them,” she says. “You can’t control every aspect of it. That’s where this all comes in.”

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Teaming up with Leashes of Valor

Did you know service dogs can be exposed to bacteria left behind by humans because of where they go? This bacteria can do some of the same damage to dogs as it does to humans – for example, our dog friend Axel almost died of a staph infection from walking on a gym floor.

Leashes of Valor, a nonprofit organization providing task-trained service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, and other conditions at no cost, recently learned about ThePureBag™ in an issue of Yoga Journal and the wheels started turning. They learned about how we use silver ion technology to naturally fend off microorganisms to keep you, your yoga bag, and even your service dog clean. Leashes of Valor’s founder and owner learned about the dangerous experience with Axel and decided to partner up with ThePureBag™ and share this news with their fellow veteran and service K-9 community to help improve the lifestyle of both!

This organization is a wonderful one to highlight because of the work they do to improve the lives of veterans and the bonds they create between humans and dogs. By working with Leases of Valor, we are very proud to say we are helping keep pups like Axel protected from germs and other gross bacteria. Together, we can keep dogs healthy enough to spend a long, happy life with their owners.

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ThePureBag featured in the 5280 Gift Guide 2018

Created by a mother-daughter team, ThePureBag’s antimicrobial mat carriers are made of silver-embedded, bacteria-resistant vinyl to ensure the yogi in your life stays healthy enough to perfect that praying mantis pose.

Find ThePureBag in both the print and digital magazine, under the Sports & Outdoors section. See the full guide here.


ThePureBag featured in CO YOGA+Life

Find ThePureBag on featured on page 42 and 43 of CO YOGA+Life magazine!