Foaming Hand Soap, Antimicrobial Surfaces and Other Tips for Improving the Hygiene of Your Restroom

foaming hand soapNo one likes a dirty restroom. In fact, a recent study found that 94 percent of adults would actually avoid a business in the future if they encountered an unkempt public restroom. The state of your restroom contributes to your reputation – so it’s time to clean up! Improve your restroom hygiene with the tips below:

Antimicrobial surfaces – Many hand dryer manufacturers already specialize in antimicrobial technology, which can fend off the build-up of harmful bacteria such as MRSA and E. coli. You can expand the use of antimicrobial to your wall paint, flooring, counter-tops and even your toilets.

Automatic soap dispensers – Though it may not actually be unhygienic, a soap mess on your counter top doesn’t look very clean. Swap out your liquid dispensers for drip-free foaming hand soap dispensers and avoid a pool of soap on your counter-tops.

Automatic hand dryers – Similar to liquid soap dispensers, a pile of used paper towels can really hinder the appearance of your restroom and actually discourage hand washing. Automatic hand dryers will make your restroom appear tidy and the’lly also reduce your purchasing needs for bulk janitorial supplies.

Pay attention to your restroom design – Though most people don’t consider the design of a public restroom, it can make a huge difference in functionality. There are certain standards such as height and distance that should be followed when designing your bathroom. For example:

  • Countertops should be 34” high
  • Urinals should be 17” high
  • Toilet seats should be 17-19” high.

Seek the consult of a professional to make sure your restroom follows these essential guidelines.

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Germ Hotspots Exposed

Germ Hotspots

Just because something looks clean, doesn’t mean it is. Be cautious around the germ hotspots below and you may be able to avoid that extra sick day this winter.

Restaurant Menus

The next time you reach for that menu, you may want to consider the hundreds or thousands of people who have handled it before you. What are the chances your menu underwent a thorough sanitizing before your server plopped it down on your table? Probably slim to none. You should probably wash your hands before picking up that tasty burger.

Lime and Lemon Wedges

After ordering 21 drinks at various restaurants, researchers from the Journal of Environmental Health found 25 different microorganisms on the accompanying limes and lemons – including E. coli. Perhaps it would be best to skip the lemon and lime next time you find yourself ordering a vodka soda.

Restroom Door Knobs and Handles

Well this one shouldn’t be too much of a shocker. If you saw our last post on hand washing habits, you’ve realized that most Americans aren’t very diligent when it comes washing their hands post restroom. Reduce your chances of contamination by flushing with your foot and opening the door handle with a paper towel.

Grocery Carts

With flu and cold season just around the corner, more and more grocery stores are making disinfecting wipes available for customers to give their cart or basket a quick wipe down. According to the Journal of Medical Virology – flu and cold viruses can survive up to 18 hours on hard surfaces. As you can probably imagine, grocery carts are a breeding ground for bacteria. Take advantage of these free wipes or bring your own.

Free Food Samples

Though tempting, free mixed nuts at the bar are NEVER a good idea. Hand-to-food contact is one of the most common ways to spread foodborne illness. Even if you carry a bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse, think about all of the people who can’t even bother to wash their hands. The next time you’re offered a communal bowel of tasty treats, just say pass.

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New Hand Washing Survey Reveals Some Gross Statistics

Most of us can agree that regular, thorough hand washing is an essential component to good health, but that doesn’t mean we actually practice what we preach. According to a new survey conducted by KRC Research for the global hygiene company SCA, Americans aren’t washing their hands as much as they should.

The survey interviewed 1,000 adults across the country and found the following:

  • 71% claimed to wash their hands on a regular basis
  • 58% have witnessed others leave a public restroom without hand washing
  • 35% have witnessed a co-worker leave the restroom without hand washing
  • 20% have witnessed a restaurant worker leave the restroom without hand washing

With flu season just around the corner, regular hand washing is even more important – especially for restaurant workers. So how can we encourage better hand hygiene habits?

According to the study, 61 percent of respondents were more apt to wash their hands if they considered the public restroom they were using to be clean and orderly. Simple restroom upgrades like hands-free faucets or hands-free hand soap dispensers, as well as paper towels and bulk cleaning supplies also increased their likelihood for hand washing.

Check out the infographic breakdown below.