Jewelry Hygiene® A National Concern
When asked if our jewelry is clean most of us would answer “no, it’s filthy.” Still, we continue to wear it for days, weeks and even months before we think to clean it. Why is that? There are two theories, first we were never conditioned by our parents or grandparents to clean our jewelry, and they would simply put their jewelry on and forget about it. Second, even if you wanted to clean and sanitize your jewelry, until the AquaSonic Wave® was invented, there were no options for professionally cleaning and sanitizing jewelry at home.
Germ colonies called “Biofilms” are what causes jewelry to become contaminated. Biofilms are formed when bacteria adhere to a solid surface and enclose themselves in a sticky polymeric substance, which is also referred to as slime (although not everything described as slime is a biofilm.) Biofilms form when bacteria adheres to surfaces in some form of watery environment and begin to excrete a slimy, glue like substance that can stick to all kinds of materials–metals, gemstones, plastics, soil particles, medical implant materials, and biological tissues.
The AquaSonic Wave® Before and After
Removing high levels of bacteria from jewelry and achieving a level of cleanliness defined as sanitized: “the reduction of the bacterial count of pathogens, to a safe and acceptable level”, was our goal. To measure this we use the Hygiena® EnSure™ monitoring system that can collect, analyze and report data from almost any surface.
Before and after ATP Levels Gallery
Bacteria and Viruses are Everywhere
Food borne illness usually arises from improper handling, preparation, or food storage. Good hygiene practices before, during, and after food preparation can reduce the chances of contracting an illness. There is a consensus in the public health community that regular hand washing is one of the most effective defenses against the spread of food borne illness. However, now we have discovered that in additional to good hand hygiene practices jewelry hygiene ™ is just as important.
Bacteria are a common cause of food borne illness. Many types of bacteria cause food borne illnesses. Examples include:
- Salmonella, a bacterium found in many foods, including raw and undercooked meat, poultry, dairy products, and seafood.
- Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni), found in raw or undercooked chicken and unpasteurized milk.
- Shigella, a bacterium spread from person to person. These bacteria are present in the stools of people who are infected. If people who are infected do not wash their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, they can contaminate food that they handle or prepare. Water contaminated with infected stools can also contaminate produce in the field.
- Escherichia coli (E. coli), which includes several different strains, only a few of which cause illness in humans. E. coli O157:H7 is the strain that causes the most severe illness. Common sources of E. coli include raw or undercooked hamburger, unpasteurized fruit juices and milk, and fresh produce.
- Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes), which has been found in raw and undercooked meats, unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, and ready-to-eat deli meats and hot dogs.
- Vibrio, a bacterium that may contaminate fish or shellfish.
- Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that may contaminate improperly canned foods and smoked and salted fish.
VirusesViral infections make up perhaps one third of cases of food poisoning in developed countries. In the US, more than 50% of cases of food poisoning are viral. Noroviruses are the most common foodborne illness, causing 57% of outbreaks in 2004. Foodborne viral infections are usually of intermediate (1–3 days) incubation period, causing illnesses which are self-limited in otherwise healthy individuals, and are similar to the bacterial forms described above.
Introducing The AquaSonic Wave®
Watch as David Bellman pitches the AquaSonic Wave Jewelry Cleaner on the Howie Carr Radio Show. Listen to Grace describe her experience with the AquaSonic Wave and how Howie’s Mailroom Manager loves using the Wave.