Grocery cart handles have more germs than public restrooms
August 5, 2010 – Moms have a new way to shield themselves and their children from the millions of germs found on grocery cart handles, thanks to PhitGrips. Originally designed for gym equipment, the palm-sized, antimicrobial cushioned grips have gained a following with moms who want to protect themselves from germs on grocery cart handles, as well.
In 2007, University of Arizona researchers found that grocery cart handles have more germs than public restrooms, making them one of the worst public places for germs.
“Most infectious diseases are transmitted by contact. Since you don’t actually touch the of the grocery cart when using PhitGrips, germ transfer is not an issue. The end result is a cleaner, healthier shopping trip,” said Dawn Meifert, founder and inventor of PhitGrips. “Additionally, you don’t have to remember to bring your wet wipes or count on your local store to have refilled the dispensers.”
Each PhitGrip is American made with rubber that has been liquefied, then injected with oxygen to give it a light, cushioned feel. The lightweight, flexible grips snap on and off of grocery cart handlebars easily, and they roll up into each other for quick storage in purses or with reusable grocery bags.
Additionally, the ink used to print PhitGrip’s logo onto the grip is infused with an antimicrobial agent that helps inhibit the growth and spread of bacteria. Users simply rub their hands together occasionally to spread the microbial agent over the entire surface of the palm. When the logo wears off, it’s time for new PhitGrips.
And at $9.99 per pair, they’re more affordable than stockpiling antibacterial wipes to scrub down grocery cart handles on each visit.
PhitGrips are available online at www.phitgrip.com for $9.99 per pair.
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