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Do all garden hoses contain a chemical biocide?

Posted by peterk312 (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 17, 14 at 11:53

I was interested in buying one of those "Neverkink" 50 foot hoses -- until I found out the manufacturer uses a chemical called "Microshield" to prevent mold and mildew from forming. I see there's something called "Microban" used on garden hoses, and this is actually a chemical called Triclosan. Triclosan has scared the heck out of me ever since I found Lysol was adding it to those sponges people use to wash their dishes. The stuff is actually used as a pesticide. But with garden hoses, they must add it to the plastic, and I do not want to use anything with an impregnated biocide chemical.

Does anyone know if these chemicals are standard now on all plastic garden hoses?


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RE: Do all garden hoses contain a chemical biocide?

I don't have the answer to your question, but I DO have a hose recommendation. I am ridiculously enthusiastic about this super-safe, USA-made, drinking-water-safe polyurethane hose from Water right: http://www.waterrightinc.com/collections/watering-accessories/products/slim-lightweight-polyurethane-garden-hose-100-ft

I wrote a blog post about it here: http://ourgreendreamhome.com/2014/04/12/i-love-this-best-hose-ever/

The hose and the water that comes out of it has NO chemical stink, and since it is truly thin and light, it's very easy to use, even the extremely long 100ft lengths that we use around here.

(No, I don't work for the company! I just like their hoses!)


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RE: Do all garden hoses contain a chemical biocide?

I was looking at the Flexon company and they don't seem to say anything about using antimicrobial agents being used.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.flexonhose.com/medium.html#allweather


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RE: Do all garden hoses contain a chemical biocide?

Pretty much any rubber/vinyl hose is going to have water tasting like plastic if you leave it in there or let it get hot.

GreenDreamHome's hose is probably a better hose if you're worried about "chemicals".


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RE: Do all garden hoses contain a chemical biocide?

You will find Triclosan, an antibacterial, in many consumer products that are sold to fight "germs". Studies show it is no more effective at controlling those "germs" then just plain soap and water, but the low levels of these antibacterials is allowing the disease pathogens to develop immunities to them.
All water hoses will have some kind of problem that can be resolved by allowing water to flow for a minute or two to flush the hose, and draining that hose and coiling it out of the sun when not in use.


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RE: Do all garden hoses contain a chemical biocide?

Funny how I emailed the Flexon company to ask about biocides in their hoses and they never got back to me. This company doesn't label their products as having the chemical added, but I wanted confirmation.


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RE: Do all garden hoses contain a chemical biocide?

"Studies show it is no more effective at controlling those "germs" then just plain soap and water"

Surely you can link to those studies.

There's a whole ton of them that say its way more effective in killing things than soap. What's in question is whether or not you need to kill things.


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