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Binkies, Bottles, and Bacteria, Oh My!

Binkies, Bottles, and Bacteria, Oh My!

This week some of the PhoneSoap crew spent time in the lab testing common baby items, such as a pacifier, bottle, and toothbrush, for bacteria. They then tested them after a run through the HomeSoap.

Wes and a scientist look into a microscope


For those that don’t know how lab testing works, here's an overview:

  • A long cotton swab is dipped into a sterile solution. This allows the cotton to effectively grab whatever bacteria or germs are lingering on the surface.
  • The cotton swab is spread over a petri dish.
  • The petri dish sits in an incubator for at least 24 hours so the bacteria can grow. 

First up, a pacifier. This particular pacifier is washed about once a day. (Let's be honest, that’s way more than most of us washed our children’s pacifiers.)

The petri dish on the left is the result of a quick swab of the baby items before going into the HomeSoap. The petri dish on the right shows the results of the same test after using the HomeSoap.


Before and after dishes for a pacifier


Next up, we tested a baby bottle that is thoroughly washed after each use.

Before and after petri dishes for bottle


A beloved stuffed animal, which is rarely washed (if ever). While the fur casts shadows on some parts of the stuffed animal, all exposed parts (and all the nastiest bacteria) are cleaned. After disinfecting a few times, all areas will have a chance to be completely disinfected in about a month.

Before and after petri dishes for a stuffed animal 

And finally, a child’s toothbrush.

Before and after petri dishes of a toothbrush

All those dots and smudges may not mean anything to you, but they’re showing a lot of bacteria growth, including E.coli and staph, both of which can make us sick. Use the HomeSoap to kill 99.99% of germs and proactively prevent your babies from passing along or receiving unwanted bacteria.

*HomeSoap has been tested by an independent, third-party laboratory to be 99.9% effective against Salmonella, E. coli, MRSA, Staphylococcus, Coronavirus 229Ein. It has been tested on headphones, jewelry and baby bottles. HomeSoap has also been tested to be 99.9% effective against salmonella using ASTM 3535 for efficacy of UV light on hard non-porous surfaces such as glass, metals, and plastics.

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