Which Sex Washes Hands More? (And Why You Stink At Hand-washing)

When the “Gray Lady”, the national “Newspaper of Record,” the New York Times picks up on a narrative, it’s as if the topic is about some new “thing,” when in fact it’s old news.

It’s the story many of you saw in print—on your smartphone, TV or even an audio version on radio or podcast—about how you are likely washing your hands incorrectly. 

Of course, as your prime conduit of information about cleanliness and sanitizing, I saw this story weeks ago, way before the mainstream media got a hold of it. At least the New York Times didn’t spin it into some political gobbly-gook about ideology. But give the Times time, because they’ll find a way. But I digress.

Here is the actual chart that WHO (the World Health Organization) recently released to show you exactly how to wash your hands. 

Now that you’ve digested that graphic, read it again. Ok, now let’s converse about this whole “washing hands” thing.

You likely stink at washing your hands. I’ve observed countless guys in men’s rooms across the nation not bothering to wash their hands. And even if they do attempt it, often they simply just run water on their disgusting fingers. Guys, you simply suck at this.

If I wasn’t afraid of getting knocked out, I’d point it out.

To be fair, some men do use soap; but they don’t even rub it around their hands for more than a few seconds before rinsing. As you’ve learned, that’s not enough.

I suspected the situation wasn’t much different for women.

Ah…but I was somewhat wrong.

Why is it so difficult for the male constituents of the human race to wash hands after using the toilet? And I must ask the same question for a smaller percentage of women who do the same thing. WHY? 

Maybe we should have a sex vs. sex contest to determine once and for all who will win. Put the challenge on the cover of Mademoiselle Magazine. Women would demolish men and like it.

If you’re a Mom or Dad, you’ve likely discussed hand-washing to your offspring at least once (hopefully more) and yet, some of you don’t adhere to your own advice when you use any restroom; whether at home, on the job or in a public facility. WHY?

I guess it comes down to laziness; or being stubborn. “Nothing bad can happen to ME!”

Well it can, and I’m living proof. Had a doctor, nurse or aide properly washed their hands before entering my hospital room after surgery, perhaps I wouldn’t have contracted MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) a staph infection that can be lethal.

I became much more conscious of the way, and the amount of time I spent washing my own hands after living through that nightmare lasting over five years.

If you’ve read this far into my spiel, you really should mention it again to your kids and to adults as well.

And, after you wash your hands, how about using an alcohol-free hand sanitizer called safeHands® as an added precaution. It won’t make your hands dry (like alcohol products do) to become a breeding ground for bacteria to hide.

Grab a few bottles the non-toxic foam safeHands® here

Soon, I’ll tell you why you should never share hair or cosmetic utensils.

Until then, spread the word—not the germs.

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Blow Dryers Worse Than Paper Towels

I was inside a local ginormous warehouse club the other day. After I had exhausted myself staring at what seemed like 40 500-inch TV screens, packages of 24 gel pens for $14.99, large clear plastic containers filled with 1,398 ounces of salted cashews, pieces of meat that only a lion could eat and elderly workers handing out samples of off-beat food products I would likely never eat, I had to use the restroom.

Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the hand blow-dryers in some restrooms. Call me weird, but I like the noise.

I’ve traveled this country by car a lot, encountering some of these devices that barely spit out enough air to dry a couple of drops of water. Others have had so much wind-power it almost blew me across the room.

In the ginormous warehouse club, I encountered a new kind of hand dryer—the kind where you stick your hands into a thin slot with what seems like hurricane-force winds, drying not only your hands but those of the eight guys behind you.

Later, I was checking my smartphone for news and found a story saying that some new studies suggest hot air hand-drying devices are more harmful than using paper towels in restrooms.

The story said how you dry your hands can be just as important as washing your hands.

The basic finding was that those jet-like blasts of air can blow viruses, fungi and bacteria several yards into the air, only to be breathed-in or landing back on your skin surface. When the machines blow them back into the air, it hastens the process of these organisms landing on your skin or clothing; It can enable the illness-causing pathogens to find a quicker way inside your body via your mucous membranes.

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In theory, the very types of microbes you want to get rid of on your hands when you use soap and water, can then be blown around the room, landing back on your skin or in your lungs.

The article suggested that paper towels may be better for you after all. But there is still danger, as those paper dispensers are not necessarily the cleanest devices. If you have to use a crank to get the towels to come down through a slot, that handle could be laden with unmentionables, making washing your hands in the first place moot!

So what should you do? Bring along an alcohol-free hand sanitizer wherever you go. I use safeHands® and it’s never far from either my pocket or my wife’s handbag. It’s impossible to be totally germ-free. But why risk the danger, if (after washing your hands) the way you DRY your hands isn’t the most sanitary?

Use an alcohol-free product like safeHands® so you don’t have dry skin caused by alcohol filled brands of sanitizers. The result of using alcohol can cause bacteria to sneak into cracks in your skin and make a home.

We have the data to back-up the facts about the use of alcohol-free hand sanitizers vs. the potential dangers of using sanitizers WITH alcohol.

Purchase safeHands® here.  Or, find a store near you that has safeHands®.

Next time, I’ll focus on the fact that you may be washing your hands all wrong.

Feel free to share these blogs with other parents. Also, please suggest topics you’d like me to write about regarding the hygienic safety of you and your family.

Spread the word. Not the germs.

Be Safe and BE BIG!

What Lurks In That Locker Room Or Gym?

Ah…the smell of green grass.

The baseball fields are geared up for spring play. The outdoor tracks are ready for the running shoes. The tennis courts are waiting for those yellow balls (that Golden Retrievers also happen to love) to be volleyed. Golf courses are havens for people in spikes waiting impatiently to hit little white balls. And indoor gyms across our great land have their members sweating profusely on multitudes of machines. You get the idea.

But what those mentioned above have in common is locker rooms—possibly quite dangerous locker rooms.

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And why are they potentially dangerous? The prevalence of bacteria and quite possibly, plenty of it.

It has become so common for people to get quite ill due to potentially deadly superbugs that some people have resorted to wearing gloves when they work out at public gyms.

School sports almost always include locker rooms available for their athletes, as do tennis clubs, golf clubs, etc…

So how can you protect yourself and your kids from coming in contact with possibly deadly bacteria in these locations?

Hand washing and more hand washing. Plus, bring along an alcohol-free hand sanitizer like safeHands® after you do that hand washing.

It is likely you are presently more aware than non-readers of my blog. So, tell everyone you know that there are a myriad of bacteria lurking in places like these that we simply didn’t pay attention to—until now.

Think about it. You are coming in contact with the sweat (containing bacteria) on doors, handles and various buttons on machines via water droplets.

You are also touching things that people touch after going to the bathroom. You touch things that people sneeze or cough on. I know that’s a bit disgusting, but it does happen.

So why use alcohol-free hand sanitizers as opposed to those with ethanol as their main ingredient?  Read the science here. 

The most visible drawback of those alcohol laden products is the skin irritation experienced by some individuals who use them frequently. The redness, dryness, and irritation suffered by some individuals are more than just a nuisance – skin that is rough or even cracked provides a shelter for germs. For these individuals, the alcohol-based sanitizers may become less effective over time.

Some studies have indicated that alcohol-based sanitizers do not produce a long-term persistence of activity, and that repeated use of the product degrades its antimicrobial effectiveness, as germs become trapped in dry skin.

You do have a choice in which type of hand sanitizing products to utilize. I choose not to use alcohol in my sanitizer. I choose safeHands®. Buy it here. 

So remember the next time you find yourself in a locker room, gym or even on the playing fields, shower—or at least wash your hands—before wiping your eyes or putting any fingers near your mouth or other mucous membranes.

And especially watch those open wounds (scratches included) that come in contact with public machines, playing surfaces and locker rooms.

Spread the word. Not the germs.

Be Safe and BE BIG!

Wash New Clothes Before Wearing

It wasn’t until my wife Andrea told me not to put on new clothes before washing that I realized just how disgusting a practice it is. Then, of course, I looked it up and my eyes almost popped out of my head like the cartoon characters Ren & Stimpy after reading why she was totally correct.

If you just read that article you too now understand just how many gross organisms lurk in clothes that haven’t been washed. The one that was near and dear to my heart was the MRSA superbug, which I suffered with too many times I wish to remember. And that ain’t all.

How about hepatitis A, traveler’s diarrhea, norovirus, yeast infections, salmonella, and streptococcus? These could be in the pair of jeans you try on at your favorite department or clothing store.

Is this enough to change your mind? I hope so. And with this being “International MRSA Testing Week” (April 1st -7th), I thinks it’s a good time to remind you of just how important good hygiene practices truly are.

Yes, there is a group out there called the MRSA Survivors Network.  It’s needed due to the still alarming rates of MRSA due partly to the overuse of antibiotics.

This sounds like a contradiction. The more you get rid of bacteria, the more those little bugs find a way to mutate and do an end run around antibiotics that can kill them. Ask your doctor for a more detailed explanation. Your doc will likely tell you it’s why he or she doesn’t prescribe antibiotics the way they used to. As a parent, I will wager that you insisted your child have an antibiotic when you brought them to the pediatrician because that’s what was drummed into your head your entire life.

It turns out that doctors now know that the overuse of antibiotics can have a detrimental effect on fighting certain bacteria.

So how does this pertain to washing clothes before you wear an item? Easy. When you try on ANY clothing items, just think for a moment about all of the possible people who tried it on before you did. Oh…and don’t forget shoes and sandals can contain various fungus and germs.

Yeah, if your imagination is as fertile and mine, you now realize why it’s so necessary. I want to wash the clothing items three or four times before I wear them now that I am aware.

So here’s my tip of the week: get a bottle of safeHands® alcohol-free hand sanitizer, and take it with you so you can clean your hands after each and every piece of clothing you put on. All safeHands® products kill MRSA and 99.99% of germs.

And when you get home, take a shower as you simply don’t know who has what—or what they didn’t do when they tried it on! Yuck. I’m only looking after your well-being. And make your kids do the same if they enter one of those try-on cubicles.

You can purchase safeHands here.

In my next Big Blog, I’ll remind you of the dangers lurking in school locker rooms and even playing fields, now that spring sports are in full swing in your kids’ district.

Feel free to share these blogs with other parents. I’d love to hear your stories about how you use safeHands®, or if you have any questions. We have the data to back-up the facts about the use of alcohol-free hand sanitizers vs. the potential dangers of using sanitizers WITH alcohol.

Spread the word. Not the germs.

Be Safe and BE BIG!

Here’s Another Fine Mess: The Daycare Scare

You may have been reading and hearing about lead in water supplies—and it is not just in Flint, Michigan.

Now, I am hearing about many more schools and even daycare centers having issues with lead in the drinking water. This is a whole new kettle of fish; one that may not be healthy for your kids, or even workers at these facilities.

School officials in big districts, and even small daycare centers right around the corner from you, are having their water tested to see just how prevalent this new lead controversy is. They are also testing to see how it might impact children and anyone who uses the water supply for drinking, washing hands or cooking food. 

The most alarming issue in the article linked above, is the fact that (according to the federal EPA) over 90,000 public school districts and about a half-million local daycare centers are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, because they utilize the local public water supply.

If we have learned anything from the recent Flint, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey water issues, it is that more stringent regulations and laws need to be legislated quickly resolve this water crisis. And not JUST for schools and daycare centers.

Water that sits idle for periods of time can absorb contaminants that linger in the pipes; which is common in facilities that are not open 24/7.

Our entire water infrastructure must be inspected and replaced if necessary through legislation. We do not live in a third-world country.

What does that mean in plain English? Unknowingly, your kids could be drinking and absorbing an unknown quantity of a number of potentially hazardous substances; including lead.

If THAT alone is not a call for action, I do not know what is!

It is recommended that babies get blood tests to see if their bodies contain lead, as this can potentially result in future health issues.

You as a parent need to push for urgent testing of the water that your children come in contact with every day while at school.  

I am looking out for you and your kids and their long-term health. Read what to look for here. 

Across the nation, many school systems and now daycare facilities are scrambling to get this testing done.

This new daycare scare (as I am now calling it) is huge. There are about a half-million of those facilities nationwide!

I suggest contacting your local Superintendent of Schools or the highest official in your school district (and now the owner of your local childcare center) and demand answers.

If they do not satisfactorily give you the facts you need, you may wish to consider sending your children to another school or daycare, if practical.

In the mean time, as a precaution, I advise sending your child to school or daycare with an alcohol-free hand sanitizer like safeHands®. It is safe for adults and kids. While it does not totally replace hand washing with soap and water, using safeHands® can give you some piece of mind; as many of these facilities are bringing in outside sources of H2O.

Buy safeHands® brand products by clicking here.

Teach your children about why they need to use an alcohol-free sanitizer, and not the kind that contains alcohol as their primary ingredient.  Products containing alcohol can be abused.

If you wish to buy safeHands® at a retail outlet, it is available in many of these stores.  If they do not have it, ask them to order safeHands®.

I will be following this issue for you semi-regularly. Sadly, I do not think we have heard the end to tainted water in the U.S.A.

Spread the word, NOT the germs!

Be Safe and BE BIG!