Most of us are aware
of just how important hand washing is in protecting our health and cleanliness.
Our goal in the professional cleaning industry and especially at Mint Commercial Cleaning is to encourage everyone including all our staff to wash their hands properly and frequently.
However, according to Stephen Ashkin, the "father of Green Cleaning" who is helping foster sustainability within the Jan/san industry, there are a few myths about hand washing which we all need to be aware of.
Below are just a few of these myths:
Myth: Always wash with hot water.
Most of us think that hot water helps kill germs and bacteria on our hands. But in reality, the water would have to be scalding hot to make that happen. In fact, hot water may work against us, as this would make us move our hands away too quickly so we wouldn’t wash them properly. Further, some researchers in Florida found that there is statistically little difference whether hands are washed in hot or cold water.
Myth: Always use antibacterial soap when washing hands.
In 2007, a study of triclosan, which was used in hand soap and is now banned in the U.S., did not significantly reduce the number of bacteria on hands. Since then, other studies have come to similar conclusions about many other antibacterial hand soaps.
Myth: You don't have to dry your hands after washing.
A lot of people wash their hands, shake them off dry, and then fly out the door. Drying hands helps remove any remaining microbes on hands plus it is easier for pathogens to collect on hands that are wet. So, drying hands properly after washing them does help get rid of microbes.
Myth: Using hand towels is the best way to dry hands.
This is true and for a variety of reasons. Firstly, correctly using a hand towel to dry hands takes about 10 seconds. Studies indicate that it can take as long as 45 seconds for some electric dryers to remove moisture from hands thoroughly, far too long for most people to wait and do it properly. And some studies indicate that hand dryers can spread microbes to nearby surfaces, increasing the chances of cross- contamination.
Ahskin said “ Hand washing is like everything else. If you’re going to do it, and I hope you do, you’ve got to do it right”
At Mint Commercial Cleaning all our employees are trained on the correct and best way to wash and dry their hands and how often they should be doing this.