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JOURNEY OF A GERM: New study reveals backpacks can harbor hundreds of thousands of germs

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 12:27 PM | PR Newswire via QuoteMedia

JOURNEY OF A GERM: New study reveals backpacks can harbor hundreds of thousands of germs
JOURNEY OF A GERM: New study reveals backpacks can harbor hundreds of thousands of germs

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  • Scientific study by Lysol Pro Solutions followed accumulation of germs on backpacks throughout the working day
  • Results 1 show backpacks can pick up as many germs as were found on a toilet seat
  • Results show office desks can harbor as many germs as the bathroom floor
  • Watch the video: Journey of a Germ

PARSIPPANY, N.J. , Feb. 27, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A new scientific study by Reckitt's Lysol Pro Solutions has revealed the risks that can be posed by the everyday objects we carry with us throughout the working day when it comes to accumulating illness-causing germs in business environments. A short video has been released to accompany the findings, which can be viewed HERE .

The results from the study revealed that objects such as backpacks picked up:

  • Hundreds of thousands of germs throughout the day
  • As many germs from a desk as from a public bathroom floor
  • As many germs from a desk as from a public cafeteria floor
  • As many germs as were found on a toilet seat in a previous study 2
  • As many germs as were found on a garbage bin in a previous study 3
  • E. coli and intestinal bacteria that may cause sickness
  • A fungal species of yeast (Candida) that may cause sepsis, and wound or tissue infections in immunocompromised people

"Germs are everywhere," said Dr. Igor Ignatovich , Senior Microbiologist within the Equity, Claims, and Compliance Group at Reckitt .  "They move among people and on surfaces, sometimes causing illnesses that could impact our families or impact our daily activities. Items we least suspect can often be culprits for spreading germs, as shown by our study."

In the study, Lysol Pro Solutions' team of microbiologists, led by Dr. Ignatovich, measured the contamination levels on the backpacks of five different volunteers as they moved through business facilities throughout the day. Backpacks were chosen to represent how similar everyday items can be responsible for transmitting germs. The backpacks came into contact with a surface for about two minutes, three times a day for two days. The following surfaces were used: the communal bathroom floor, the work desk, and the cafeteria floor.

"The results demonstrate that using a backpack throughout the day leads to the accumulation of a significant number of germs," continued Dr. Ignatovich. "Like many other items we carry with us each day, these could be significant vectors of germ transmission. Using effective cleaning and disinfecting products to make the right hygiene interventions, at the right time, and in the right places, can help break the chain of transmission and prevent the spread of germs between surfaces in business environments and homes, and to humans directly."

Experts such as Lysol Pro Solutions can provide an understanding of different germs and how they spread via surfaces and objects such as backpacks, so businesses can deploy effective products and protocols that help protect against cold, flu, and a broad range of other common workplace viruses and bacteria.

Reckitt's Lysol Pro Solutions harnesses the power of Lysol to help protect businesses and public spaces from the spread of germs. In today's world, consumers have increased hygiene expectations which makes germ-protection more critical than ever. The comprehensive approach from Lysol Pro Solutions incorporates science-backed protocols and training, EPA-approved Lysol products and Lysol-branded marketing materials and signage. Lysol Pro Solutions empowers businesses to demonstrate to their staff and customers a commitment to providing a trusted standard for protection.

Reckitt* exists to protect, heal and nurture in the pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We believe that access to the highest-quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment is a right, not a privilege.

Reckitt is the company behind some of the world's most recognisable and trusted consumer brands in hygiene, health and nutrition, including Air Wick, Calgon, Cillit Bang, Clearasil, Dettol, Durex, Enfamil, Finish, Gaviscon, Harpic, Lysol, Mortein, Mucinex, Nurofen, Nutramigen, Strepsils, Vanish, Veet, Woolite and more.

Every day, around 30 million Reckitt products are bought globally. We always put consumers and people first, seek out new opportunities, strive for excellence in all that we do and build shared success with all our partners. We aim to do the right thing, always.

We are a diverse global team of c. 40,000 colleagues. We draw on our collective energy to meet our ambitions of purpose-led brands, a healthier planet and a fairer society.  Find out more, or get in touch with us at

* Reckitt is the trading name of the Reckitt Benckiser group of companies

1 When compared to previous studies
2 Based on a proprietary Reckitt study
3 Based on a proprietary Reckitt study

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