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The Right Tools for Handwashing

By now we all know that washing our hands can help prevent the spread of germs. But did you know that the products we use to clean our hands can be just as important as the process itself?  Some products can even negate hand washing all together.

1 in 4 Liquid Soap Dispensers Are Contaminated

The purpose of hand washing is to remove soil and to reduce the level of germs. A recent study by the American Society for Microbiology found that bulk-soap-refillable dispensers are prone to extrinsic bacterial contamination and that 1 in 4 bulk fill dispensers in public restrooms are contaminated. This is the first study to quantitatively demonstrate that washing hands with contaminated liquid soap actually increases the number of germs on hands, and that that bacteria can be transferred to secondary surfaces. That means that using contaminated soap not only defeats the purpose of hand washing but may contribute to the transmission of potentially harmful bacteria.

The Importance of Fully Dried Hands

The transmission of bacteria is also more likely to occur from wet skin than from dry skin; therefore, the proper drying of hands after washing should be an integral part of the handwashing process. The Mayo Clinic recently conducted testing of hand towels versus hand driers and found that although hand driers and paper towels dry equally well, the friction involved with using a paper towel can help to dislodge more bacteria. Air dryers can also cause the dispersal and transmission of bacteria by moving contaminated air throughout the restroom.

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Soap & Hand Towel Dispenser Benefits

  • Sealed soap refills help eliminate the chance for contamination.
  • Autocut towels help to eliminate waste.
  • Easily installed and easy to refill and maintain saving you time and money.
  • Use together to create a clean, accessible environment in your restroom.
  • Help decrease absenteeism and increase the health of your environment.

Arming your facility with the right products for hand hygiene can go a long way towards reducing the spread of germs, which means less absenteeism and a healthier building overall.

Automatic dispensers improve cleanliness and reduce contamination