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ionized handles and knobs

bacteria and germ killing handles and knobs
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internally ionized door, tap and flush handles or knobs so that washing your hands after a dunny session remains usefull before rejoining your friends at the restaurant table.
Ian81, Oct 15 2003


       ok... It'll work. But how are you ionising the handles? Presumably via electricity but the electricity, wet hands and door handle combination is not a pretty one.   

       Also, if internally ionised, it won't kill surface bateria will it?   

       More detail needed.
jonthegeologist, Oct 15 2003

       They don't need to be ionized, just either oozing soap/disinfectant (the flush handle) or coated with a drying substance (the door handle).
Harry Mudd, Oct 16 2003

       Hmmm. Not sure what you mean. Isn't an "internally ionized door" just the same as a "statically charged door"? I'm not sure how this will kill bacteria.   

       You could have a radioactive door. But that might create more problems than it would solve.
st3f, Oct 16 2003

       But it sure would be cool!
krelnik, Oct 16 2003

       Putting anti-bacterial agents on everything in sight is a great way to breed hyper-resistant bacteria. Not a good idea at all.
DrCurry, Oct 16 2003

       <believe it or not>What the Doctor said</bion>
FarmerJohn, Oct 16 2003

       zinc and copper rich surface coating inhibits bacteria. This technology is applied to some toilet flush handles.   

       Zinc impregnated roof tiles are used to inhibit algae growth on tile roofs in hot wet climates- actually works quite well.   

       I thnk your idea is good, but rather than electric current, I think metallurgic properties would be more practical, maybe some kind of bi-metalic effect.
xylene, Oct 16 2003


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