germ basics

what exactly are germs?

Germs are very small living micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi or viruses that under normal conditions we can’t see. While many bacteria are helpful, and you might say an essential part of healthy living –helping us digest our food or break down waste in our environment or yeast that makes bread, wine or beer –some of them can also make our bodies sick.

how do germs make us sick?

Germs can make us ill by entering and spreading through the body. Once germs invade our bodies, they snuggle in for a long stay. They gobble up nutrients and energy and can produce toxins, which can cause symptoms of common infections, like fevers, sniffles, rashes, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea. We can also feel ill due to our body’s immune response to infection. Viruses will infect our own cells and ‘hijack’ our cells to make further copies of themselves. Our cells then become occupied with making new virus, and so cannot perform their own function, which makes us feel ill.

So, an important part of healthy living is protecting ourselves against germs. BYOTROL24™ Disinfectant Cleaner with 24-Hour Surface Sanitizing Action™ provides you with that first line of defense.

where are germs – what are the “hot spots”?

Disease-causing germs can be almost anywhere. What’s the germiest spot in your house? There are lots of studies that have assessed and counted the type and amount of germs present on a range of household surfaces. In a study by NSF International where Scientists swabbed 30 surfaces in homes to gauge levels of germs, they found the most germy surfaces to be dishcloths, the kitchen sink area, toothbrush holders, pet bowls, faucet handles, pet toys, kitchen counters, stove knobs and cutting boards. Other studies have highlighted door handles, sinks, remote control devices, computer keyboards, mobile phones, and refrigerator handles.

What these surfaces have in common is we frequently touch them throughout the day. BYOTROL24™ has been specifically formulated with this in mind to provide peace-of-mind, round-the-clock protection from harmful germs… hour after hour after hour… touch after touch after touch.

how should I protect my family from the threat of germs?

Using a disinfectant cleaner is generally better than a simple cleaner since it will not only remove germs but kill them as well, preventing their transfer and recontamination of other surfaces. But beware that germs can grow back very quickly and only BYOTROL24™ gives you round-the-clock protection.

Use BYOTROL24™ as an integral part of your cleaning regime, cleaning up after spills, and sanitizing germy hotspots once every 24 hours, or at a frequency that fits best with your needs and lifestyle.

test your germ knowledge

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Strep (Streptococcus pyogenes) is a common cause of sore throats and the bacterium can survive for up to 6-7 months on surfaces.  So, ensure that you protect yourself in your home with BYOTROL24™ which is proven to be effective against Strep.

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The seat is often one of the cleanest things on the toilet.  You should be much more concerned about what happens to your hands.  You’re far more likely to pick up germs from the toilet handle or the bathroom doorknob and transport them to your nose or mouth.  So, ensure you protect those germy hot spots with BYOTROL24™.

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When somebody sneezes, that’s the start of trouble.  Besides the germs in the air, you can also get sick if you put your hand on something the germs land on, like a doorknob or a remote-control device, and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.  So, wash your hands regularly and protect those surfaces with BYOTROL24™.

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Whipping their tails, E. coli can travel 25 times their own length in one second, equivalent to a horse running 135 miles per hour.  So, apart from being very resilient critters, germs are also very fast movers, sprinting from one surface to another transferring the risk to you and your family.  Be sure to protect yourself by using BYOTROL24™ on your home surfaces.

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Most restaurants are very careful to avoid food risk problems; most home chefs are not.  Up to 80% of Salmonella poisoning occurs in the home. BYOTROL24™ is effective against Salmonella and other foodborne germs.

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We must have all heard this one a hundred of times.  Did you know that going out in the cold doesn’t actually mean you’re going to catch a cold?  The temperature outside doesn’t mean that bacteria is thriving more than usual and is ready and waiting to colonize your body. In fact, the science behind this idea shows us that the cold simply lowers our immune system and makes us more susceptible to the common cold.  You may go outside in the cold without a coat, but actually pick up a virus or bacterial infection when you come back inside! So, ensure that you protect yourself in your home against the common cold virus using BYOTROL24™ which is proven to be effective against it.

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Exposing germs to more disinfecting applications can make germs more resistant and as a result can give rise to super-bugs such as MRSA that are stronger.  By using BYOTROL24™, the level of germ-fighting agents retained on the surface is optimized to be effective against germs, and by using enough but not too much, it minimizes the risk of germs building resistance.  BYOTROL24™ is the cleverest solution to combat germs!

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Bacteria 40 million years old have been extracted and successfully grown from a fossilized bee and micro-organisms have been brought back to life after being frozen in perma-frost for three million years.  These are rare and extreme examples but demonstrate their resilience. So, it’s not an easy job fighting these guys. You need the best, so use BYOTROL24™.

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Some bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. coli), one of the most common germs found in the home causing intestinal infections, which can sometimes be severe, can reproduce every 20 minutes.  So, after just 11 hours a single bacterium can grow into a colony bigger than the population of our entire planet. And you don’t even see it. So, ensure that you protect yourself in your home against stomach upsets using BYOTROL24™ which is proven to be effective against E. coli.

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Well you would have to wash your hands an awful lot!  A cold virus that is left on a door handle by one contaminated person can further contaminate at least 14 more people.  A study found that some touchscreen devices had eighteen times more bacteria than a public toilet flush handle. Shoes and women’s handbags also provide a handy vehicle for the bugs to hitch a ride around the home.  So, bugs are all around us and not just on our hands. Use BYOTROL24™ for the surfaces in your home along with common sense hand-washing to give yourself the best protection from harmful germs.

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Bacteria have been on earth for 3 billion years, a lot longer than us!  And given their rapid rate of reproduction, they can adapt to changes in their environment a lot faster than we can.  Put simply… they evolve faster! Consequently, they can build up resistance to certain disinfectant products. Using more disinfectant is not the answer either.  For example, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA) is, as the name suggests, resistant to Methicillin, one of our common antibiotics. BYOTROL24™ uses three active germ-fighting ingredients to stop germs and minimize the risk of resistance.

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Antibiotics work only against bacteria.  Most coughs, earaches, and sore throats and all colds and flus are caused by viruses.  Antibiotics don’t work on viruses and won’t help you recover from these infections. Ensure that you use BYOTROL24™ as a first line of defense against viruses in your home.  BYOTROL24™ is proven to be effective against common Cold and Flu viruses, Norovirus as well as other harmful viruses.