How Copper Kills Microbes

While the exact mechanisms are not completely understood, copper seems to attack microbes in several ways.

Piercing Cellular Membranes

When a dangerous microbe comes into contact with copper, the electrical current that runs throughout the cell’s membrane is interrupted. When the current has been interrupted, it weakens that membrane and allows for holes to open up.

Ionic Interference

After a hole has been formed in a cell’s membrane, copper ions stream into the cell, overwhelming and obstructing its normal functions. Once these functions are obstructed, the cell cannot duplicate itself or perform any other functions, which causes it to die.

This process occurs very quickly and has no negative effect on the copper.

Copper Is Safe for People

Copper is inert, which means that it does not interact with your skin cells. Instead, when you use a Copper or Brass product, it kills the microbes that can cause illness or infection, all while leaving your own cells alone.


The Microbes Copper Kills

Copper products kill 99 percent of the following microbes, as well as many others:

  • Enterobacter Aerogenes
  • Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
  • Drug Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Clostridium Difficile
  • Influenza A virus
  • Adenovirus
  • Fungi

The strength of Copper means that even antibiotic-resistant strains of these germs are not safe from the microbe-destroying power unleashed by copper!

Ward off illnesses and infection spread by microbes found on many everyday surfaces when you use Copper antimicrobial copper products!


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