This Doctor Makes House Calls – Dr. Doormat

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What walks into your house when you do?  Germs, microbes, dirt, and other nasty little travelers.  If you have a pet that does its business near the house, things can be even dirtier.  Certainly you can see the dirt and mud that’s tracked in.  But what about what you can’t see?  Those are some of the questions that Debbie Greenspan started asking more than a decade ago.  And the answers she got prompted her to create Dr. Doormat, a simple solution that wipes out microbes as you wipe your feet on the way into the house.

Says Greenspan,

I’ve had allergies and asthma all of my life and thought I was well aware of how to clean up my home environment so I could breath. It wasn’t until 2002 when I had a baby crawling on the floor that I made the connection of the floor and our shoes. I reached out to experts at the American Lung Association to learn all I could and what I discovered was shocking.,, (what’s tracked in)  can include:  microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungus, mold), animal dander, dead human skin, animal feces, pesticides from treated lawns and other toxic chemicals, allergens, dust mites, insects, heavy metals such as lead, Cadmium, and Mercury, broken glass and inert objects.

Greenspan says that if you have pets or small children, you should be even more concerned,

Pets are exposed to pesticides from treated lawns. They track it inside and lick their paws ingesting the chemicals.  Children are crawling on the floor putting everything into their mouth. While some people believe a little dirt is good for them, we learned quickly that none of these elements belong on your family’s menu.

And she points out that all of that stuff can land up accumulating on the common doormat.  So how does her anti-microbial doormat work? According to the company,

 When you wipe your shoes thoroughly (at least twice) on the bubble pattern you can remove up to 90% of the debris. The antimicrobial formula is infused into the yarn of the doormat creating a positive charge, microbes are negatively charged. As your shoe comes down on the doormat it pulls the microbe down like a magnet and traps and zaps the nasty grime on the mat leaving those unwelcome guests behind. The antimicrobial formula protects the mat controlling odors and preventing the degradation of the mat.

Dr Doormat comes in two sizes, a larger resmall_and_large_w_dimensionssidential size that’s 24″x36″ for $47 and an apartment sized mat that’s 18″ x 24″ for $27.  It comes in four colors and the company claims it will hold its anti microbial efficacy for up to twenty washes.    You can buy it directly from the company here and at  BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, Ace &True Value hardware stores, and select Do It Best hardware stores.  Bottom line – the concept makes sense.  And for those of us with compromised immune systems this is another step to help you stay a little safer.

 

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Gary is an award-winning journalist who has been covering technology since IBM introduced its first personal computer in 1981. Beginning at NBC News, then at ABC News, Ziff Davis, CNN, and Fox Business Network. Kaye has a history of “firsts”. He was the first to bring a network television crew to the Comdex Computer Show, the first technology producer on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, the first to produce live coverage of the Solar Power International Conference, and the creator of the Fox Business Network signature series, “Three Days In The Valley”. Along the way he created the History Channel Multimedia Classroom. He has been a contributor to both AARP’s website and to AARP radio, as well as to a handful of other print and web-based publications where he specializes in issues involving boomers/seniors and technology. He has been a featured speaker and moderator at industry events such as the Silvers Summit and Lifelong Tech Conferences at CES, the M-Enabling Health Summit, and the What’s Next Baby Boomer Business Summit. His column, “Technology Through Our Eyes” appears in half a dozen newspapers and websites across the country.

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