….to avoid the doorknob?
Yup, you read that correctly! Dettol have launched a new campaign that has made me giggle A LOT, so I had to share it with you all!
I am not very germ-aware, it’s not that I’m untidy (shush mum!) or grubby, but I do forget to think about things like the places where germs may linger. For example, do you have kettle at work? One that you share with everyone else there? Take a look inside, I did this with ours and it was GREEN. I guess it’s a little unfair to expect a normal family-of-four sized domestic kettle to serve over 20 people boiling it copious of times every day, but seriously – look inside.. you’ll be packing a thermos in no time!
Dettol’s video, posted below, concentrates on the germs on door handles. Again, not something I really thought about.. but picture this: you go to the loo in a restaurant, you wash your hands afterwards, you use the door handle to leave. Fine, except what about the people who haven’t washed their hands? Or the people who stopped to put lipstick on, touching a much used lipstick that’s been rattling around in their bag mixing with used tissues, sucked pens (I know it’s not just me) and glasses wipes? Or the people who stop to jun..juge….jujje…tossle their hair just before leaving? Yup, by using the door handle after them you’re practically shaking hands with their dandruff.
The bit that made me laugh in this video is the multiple ways people avoid opening the door, I’m sure all of you more-germ-aware people have used on or two of these tricks…
But don’t worry, Dettol is at hand. (See what I did there? Hand? HAND?! *pauses for laughter and applause*) Simply keep some wipes, or a pocket spray in your handbag and you’re safe to use any doorknob, and any tap.. anywhere!
Talking of taps, I’ve just seen this article about washing your hands – how, when and why. Have a read below..
Good luck out there, stay safe!
Washing hands regularly is the single most important hygiene step in fighting the spread of bacteria and other germs – the kind that can lead to stomach upsets, cold, flu and other health problems. Washing hands regularly is the single most important hygiene step in fighting the spread of bacteria and other germs – the kind that can lead to stomach upsets, cold, flu and other health problems.
But still people don’t do it when they should
Here are the five most common excuses people make most often for not washing hands (and why they’re wrong).
1) I haven’t been anywhere
Even if you’ve been at home all morning, you’ll have picked up germs on your hands without knowing it. Did you know that bacteria can survive on hard surfaces for anything from a couple of hours to several months, so telephone keypads and handsets, door handles, TV remotes – any surface that people touch regularly can be hotspot for bacterial transfer.
2) They don’t look dirty
Everyday dirt and soil can carry all sorts of germs. So it’s always a good idea to wash your hands when they look dirty. But what about the microscopic organisms that you can’t see?
In our daily routine we’re constantly picking up germs, particularly after going to the toilet or preparing food. So it is important to know when to wash your hands and be able to do it properly.
3) I’m too busy
In a rush? Not stopping for a hand wash, especially after going to the toilet, could cost you more. In fact, each year in the UK absence due to sickness costs employers £495 for every worker employed.
Norovirus, for example, causes on average four missed days of work. It’s one of the most common causes of sickness and diarrhoea, and spreads mainly through contact with an infected person. Like shaking their hand.
4) I forgot
With so much going on, it’s easy to forget about washing hands. So try to make it a routine so you get into the habit. Leave yourself a note, draw on your hand, set a reminder on your phone, or write out this list until it sticks:
Wash hands before:
- Eating or preparing food
- Dressing a wound or giving medicine
- Picking up a baby or infant
- Changing a nappy
Wash hands after:
- Handling food
- Changing a nappy or going to the toilet
- Contact with body fluids (blood, saliva, vomit, etc.)
- Handling animals and pets
- Emptying the bin
- Being in the garden
Finally, wash your hands whenever they look dirty, or if someone else in the house is poorly.
5) Germs are good for the immune system
True, certain infection will help stimulate our immune system so preventing us becoming ill by the same infection again, but this is not always the case (e.g. food poisoning). General exposure to germs will also not protect us against specific infections.
Of the billions of microorganisms we come into contact with every day, very few are seriously harmful. So give your immune system a helping hand and give your hands a wash – when you need to.