Antimicrobial Protection in the Kitchen

The kitchen is a personal space, and is the backdrop for countless memorable moments. But unfortunately, family and friends are not the only living things that hang out in the kitchen.


Bacteria and microbes thrive on kitchen surfaces, making germs and bad odour a constant battle for consumers as they fight to keep control of this space. A recent study inspected 100 kitchens across Philadelphia and found listeria and E. coli in 15% of them and at least one organism that causes foodborne illness in almost 50% of them.

In another recent study, conducted by Omnibus, 7 out of 10 consumers reported that they were concerned about bacteria on small appliances, and 8 out of 10 consumers reported they would be interested in purchasing small appliances with antimicrobial protection.

Microban antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of microbe populations on appliances and products, meaning it is easier than ever to keep one’s kitchen E. coli-free and smelling fresh.

Using Antimicrobial Protection in the Kitchen

Microban offers a variety of ways to integrate antimicrobial protection into kitchen appliances and products to combat the growth of microbes. Typical polymers used for appliances include ABS, PS and PC. Microban technology can easily add antimicrobial protection (injection moulding, extrusion, RIM moulding, etc.) during a product’s manufacturing process.  

Microban is the global leader in built-in antimicrobial, odour control, and surface modification technologies that keep products cleaner and fresher for longer.  

Manufacturers utilise Microban technology to create an upgraded product to better meet consumer needs. For example, PurifAIR from Wpro is an innovative device that works to keep refrigerators fresher and more hygienic. Thanks to Microban exclusive technology, it effectively filters and cleans the air inside of the fridge, removing bad odours and protecting against bacteria growth. The universal PurifAIR device clips onto a shelf in the refrigerator, and gets to work immediately removing up to 70% of strong odours and reducing up to 60% of bacteria growth.

For over 30 years, Microban has helped partners supply products with microbe-inhibiting protection in the form of antimicrobial additives. They use the latest technologies to help companies implement antimicrobial protection in the consumer, commercial, textiles, building and healthcare industries.

From liquids to polymers to ceramics, Microban antimicrobial additives boost product value while protecting against product degradation. Microban technology protects a product’s surface throughout its useful lifetime. Mixed in during a product’s manufacturing process, their antimicrobial additives operate on the cellular level to continuously disrupt and prevent uncontrolled growth of the microorganism.