Celebrate 2015 International Clean Hands Week!
It’s International Clean Hands Week!
Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important and easiest ways to keep from getting sick and spreading germs to others. Stay healthy by celebrating International Clean Hands Week, September 20th-26th.
Did you know?
- Nearly 22 million school days are lost due to the common cold alone.
- Some viruses and bacteria can live from 20 minutes up to 2 hours or more on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks.
- Improving your health is as easy as washing your hands. Hand-washing can reduce repertory illnesses in the general population by 21% according to the CDC.
- Hand-washing doesn’t take much time or effort, but it offers great rewards in terms of preventing illness. Adopting this simple habit can play a major role in protecting your health. (MayoClinic)
How Does Soap Work Anyway?
If you have dirt and oil on your hands, just washing with water won’t remove it. Oil and water don’t mix, but repel and separate into two different layers. Soap actually breaks up the oil into smaller drops, which can mix with the water. It works because soap is made up ofmolecules with two very different ends. One end of soap molecules love water – they are hydrophilic. The other end of soap molecues hate water – they are hydrophobic. Hydrophobic ends of a soap molecule all attach to the oil while hydrophilic ends stick out into the water. This causes a drop of oil to form:
These drops of oil are now suspended in the water. This is how soap cleans your hands – it causes drops of grease and dirt to be pulled off your hands and suspended in water. These drops are washed away when you rinse your hands. Hooray Soap!
Looking for a Green Solution? Check out these products below!
GOJO- Take a look at GOJO’s Green Hygiene Solutions for Restrooms.
Their Foam Hand Cleanser is Green Seal Certified and EcoLogo certified. This product also aims to reduce smog production potential. PURELL Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizers are also part of a complete portfolio of GOJO GREEN HYGIENE Solutions that promote health and well-being while reducing environmental impacts.
Advantage– RDA Advantage also offers Green soap products. Their Pure Green Hand Soap contains no dyes or sulfates, and is readily biodegradable. Using mild cleansers and including plant based ingredients like Aloe Vera makes it gentle on your hands while providing moisturizing properties.
Dial– Dial also offers a Green Line of hand soap.The Dial Basics Liquid Hand Soap is Hypoallergenic and Green Seal Certified, with 95% Natural Origins. It has a fresh floral fragrance and lotion like look and consistency, giving it a premium product feel. Available in Tabletop Pump, Flex Pak, Gallon Containers and Refill Cartridges.
Dial Basics is also available as a Foaming Hand Soap. It is also Hypoallergenic and Green Seal Certified, and contains aloe and moisturizers. The foaming hand soap is available in Tabletop Pump and Refills containers including Gallon refills, touch-free and manual refill cartridges.
Need something a little stronger than your average hand soap?
Boraxo Orange Cleaner has you covered with the combination of borax, pumice and orange oil. It’s great for removing grease, paint, tar, ink and heavy grime from hands. It contains moisturizers, so frequent use will not dry out your skin. Available in regular and Heavy Duty Powdered Hand Soap and Liquid Lotion Soap in 3 Liter bottles and also Refill Cartridges for their wall dispensers.
No access to soap and water? Short on time? Want to take an extra step in keeping your hands clean? Try Hand Sanitizer.
Now that you have all these great product ideas to use, when should you wash your hands?
Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the restroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the restroom
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
- When someone around you is sick
- When your hands are dirty!