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Disinfecting Billfolds

Clean our legal tender one wallet at a time.
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Sell or give away disinfecting pads that consumers can place in their wallets to keep money clean.

Just another way to stop transmitting unhealthy pathogens.

ImBack, Jan 27 2003

Just look at this. It's gross! http://www.spectrummist.com/germs.htm
[Amos Kito, Oct 17 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Microban http://www.ca-innov...croban%20protection
Microban® antimicrobial protection utilizes a broad-spectrum antimicrobial ingredient that is effective against a wide range of Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria, mold and fungi, doncha know. [egbert]

Plastic Money http://more.abcnews...plastic_money_0331/
Australia issued the world's first plastic currency in 1988—a $10 note commemorating its bicentennial. [egbert, Oct 17 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Plastic Money http://more.abcnews...plastic_money_0331/
Australia issued the world's first plastic currency in 1988—a $10 note commemorating its bicentennial. [egbert, Oct 17 2004]


       This will appeal to people with weird psychological problems that cause them to avoid touching anything for fear of "all the germs", and are compusively washing up many times a day. Me, for example.
Amos Kito, Jan 27 2003

       It's occurred to me that we might have a higher than average percentage of obsessive compulsive types here at the bakery, given the number of ideas like this one that get posted.
krelnik, Jan 27 2003

       ugh, did you touch me just then? ugh...
po, Jan 27 2003

       I washed my hands first.
DrCurry, Jan 27 2003

       Banknotes are traditionally made from a cotton/linen/paper mix which is more durable than ordinary paper. Some countries are experimenting with polymeric paper (see link) which is expected to last up to four times as long. There exists an antibacterial agent which sits in the polymer lattice (see other link). The technology exists to make a self-disinfecting banknote!
egbert, Jan 28 2003

       [DrC] - using fresh soap?
PeterSilly, Jan 28 2003

       Indian rupees have got to be the smelliest money in the world. Each one is like a mini science project. Get a wad of them together and they form their own micro-climate.
briandamage, Jan 28 2003

       Yeah and then you go down the bank and you die horribly within a week because you have acquired no immunity to the pathogens on the money. The increase in allergies is directly attributable to the excessive use of disinfectant where once we used soap and hot water.
Mouche, Apr 23 2003

       Electronic money is the logical solution.
FloridaManatee, Apr 23 2003

       I just had this idea myself and found this on google before posting it to half baked. My idea was to use germ resistant fibers in paper money, but it is close enough to the same idea to be considered the same
dlapham, Jul 12 2004

       We need the exposure to a small amount of a large range of diseases to stay healthy. Maybe not from money, but definately another step towards an over-sanitized world. Bone
eulachon, Jul 12 2004


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