Sunday, June 12, 2011

Why you should change your soap dispensers

Here's a follow-on to my last blog about why you should wash your hands....

Your hands are cleaner after you wash them, right? Not always. Studies have shown that certain dispensers can have unsafe levels of bacterial contamination. The culprits are found in public restrooms where the soap dispensers refilled with pourable liquid soap. No one cleans the dispensers. It seems counter-intuitive to have to clean something that is used for soap. Hospitals mandate the use of dispensers with replaceable bags for this reason.

Public health experts still urge regular hand washing as one of the most important ways to stay healthy, but you might want to have a look at the type of soap dispensers at your work, school, and gym. If they are refillable, give them a copy of the above study, or an article like this: Bacteria-Laden Soap Not So Clean.

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