Biofilm: The invisible monster in your home

Biofilm thrives in warm, moist places – like your pet’s bowl and kitchen sponges. These are breeding grounds for organisms like E. Coli, Listeria, Lyme Disease, Legionella, and more.

BiofilmBiofilms can form on the teeth of most animals. Bacteria growing in a biofilm are highly resistant to antibiotics, up to 1,000 times more resistant than the same bacteria not growing in a biofilm! 

As research has progressed over the years, biofilms — bacterial and fungal — have been the cause of a variety of health conditions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) noted that biofilms accounted "for over 80 percent of microbial infections in the body."

As the LiveScience website says, "The reason that biofilm formation is a great cause of concern is that, within a biofilm, bacteria are more resistant to antibiotics and other major disinfectants that you could use to control them," said A.C. Matin, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University. In fact, when compared to free-floating bacteria, those growing as a biofilm can be up to 1,500 times more resistant to antibiotics and other biological and chemical agents, according to the article in Microbe. Matin described biofilm resistance combined with the general increase in antibiotic resistance among bacteria as a "double whammy" and a major challenge to treating infections."

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Most of us love our animals more than we do most humans. But – would you eat directly out of their food bowl? If not, why are you washing their dishes with the same sponges?

We were horrified when we discovered the health consequences of doing so. That’s why we created Yogi Sponge – the simple solution for living with an animal…without living like one.