• Hospital studies show that about 50% of the surfaces we touch carry infectious strains of virus and bacteria, and that some pathogens -- the germs that make us sick -- can survive on surfaces for months! Shopping carts have been found to be more highly contaminated than even public toilets.

  • In general, shopping cart handles are among the dirtiest public surfaces, according to University of Arizona researchers, who found cart handles that tested positive for salmonella and E. coli, among other things.

  • Reynolds' study found shopping carts had saliva, mucus, urine, fecal matter and blood and juices from raw meat on them

  • The CDC has reported that foodborne illnesses found on shopping carts cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year.

  • USA Today claims that infants younger than 6 months found riding in shopping carts beside meat/poultry triple their chances of contracting salmonella and quadruple their chances of contracting campylobacteriosis (diarrhea illness).

  • Shopping carts rank 3rd behind playgrounds and public transit handrails-in their level of contaminates.

  • NBC's Today Show dispatched its own team of germ finders and found E. Coli on most carts and all samples contained coliform bacteria (which indicates the presence of fecal matter).

  • A study conducted by Dr. Walter Seideman, an Oklahoma Labs Scientist, found that some of the total bacteria counts on shopping carts were 1,000X what the average person would encounter in a day.

  • A 2006 study of 442 infected infants in 8 states conducted by the CDC showed that riding in shopping carts next to meat was one of the biggest identified risk factors for contracting Salmonella.

  • Microbiologist Chuck Gerba found more than 60% of the carts he tested had fecal bacteria on them.

  • The average cart could be contaminated with up to 1 million germs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is EnvirenMist safe for children?

Yes, even if you touch a cart that is still damp.

  • What kinds of bacteria does EnvirenMist kill?

MRSA, Salmonella, Swine Flu (H1N1), Staph, Influenza, Coronavirus, and many more.

  • Is Enviren system healthy for the environment? Are the Enviren sanitation system energy saving?

Yes, it is not wasteful like wipes, and our system is self contained so liquids are not being disposed of in drains and sanitary systems.

  • If I have maintenance issues with my Enviren system, whom do I contact and what is the warranty plan?

Contact Enviren at 1.833.368.4736. Our system comes with a 1 year total coverage warranty. We also offer an additional 2 year extended warranty.

  • Why is an Enviren system a better choice than the saniwipes offered in grocery stores?

In many cases our system cost less. Not to mention we are environmentally friendly as the wipes are not.

  • Are Enviren services available nationwide?

Yes. Worldwide. 

  • Besides shopping cart sanitization, does Enviren offer any other services?

Yes, we offer sanitization of playground equipment, handrails, doors, bathrooms, escalators and elevators.

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