Scientists have for many years tried to cure the common cold without success. Now Kimberly-Clark has launched a new version of its famous Kleenex tissues which, while not claiming to cure the cold, purport to "kill" the virus when the person coughs or sneezes in to them and help prevent it being spread. Vicky McCrorie rounds up the latest launches recorded by Productscan Online...
A new insect repellent has been launched in the US by OmeZone International which differs from conventional repellents in that it is thiamine-based. Thiamine, also called vitamin B1, is said to repel insects as it is sweated out of the skin. The repellent is contained within a patch which is worn on the skin for 24 hours and, according to OmeZone, can provide protection from insects for up to 36 hours. As it is apparently safe for all ages to use, the patches could make a valuable addition to any camping trip.
Also in the US, the Swivel Sweeper Cordless Sweeper was recently introduced by OnTel Products Corp which it claims can pick up dirt on all types of floor, including carpet, wood, and tiles. The sweeper is quite unusual in that is has brushes on all four sides of its cleaning head, which presumably help it pick up dirt. The cleaner can run for up to 45 minutes on a single charge, which is useful if your home is particularly dirty. It also comes with a host of accessories including dirt tray & floor sliders, brush cleaning tool with storage cover.
With winter on its way in Europe, Kimberly-Clark has made a well timed launch of a new tissue product in the UK. Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues are marketed as being the first antiviral tissues to be available to consumers, which can kill cold and flu viruses when they come into contact with the tissue. The tissues have a special middle layer in which cold and flu viruses - contained in the moisture of a runny nose, cough or sneeze - are said to be trapped and "killed" within 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, those with a preference for sport may appreciate the next item. The Domal Sport Fashion liquid laundry detergent is marketed in Germany as being ideal for washing sports jerseys, neutralizing odors and also protecting against future smells. It has what is described as a "sporty" fragrance and also contains a color protector, so that those team colors could well remain vibrant for longer.
A new laundry product in Australia could also help get sports gear clean, as well as more delicate items. Cold Power Advanced Matic Laundry Powder has been developed by Colgate-Palmolive for use in cold water, for both white and colored clothes. This could help Australian consumers cut down on their energy bills and aid the environment at the same time.
Staying in Australia, Multix has launched a new cedar fragrance of its Colour Scents Drawtight Garbage Bags. Scented garbage bags could prove popular with those who want to minimize the stench of garbage in their kitchen and backyard, and replace it with a pleasant, "natural" scent like cedar. These could be useful in hot weather, when garbage tends to smell more, or in holiday periods, when more rubbish is generally thrown away.