10 Million – That’s about how many Canadians (age 15 & older) did not wash their hands today after using the washroom. While 92% of us say we believe it’s important to wash our hands – 34% of us don’t even bother. For context, consider that the average person urinates about seven times per day – we’ll skip over the fecal-oral transmission issue for now.
14 Million – That’s about how many Canadians did wash their hands after using the washroom today – except they didn’t bother to use soap. In fact, washing with soap – not just water – is vital to proper hygiene. While water is powerful at rinsing away dirt, it cannot easily remove soil or organisms that are attached to the hands. Soap can do this effectively, maximizing the rinsing benefit of the water. Also, drying your hands with a cloth or paper towel is very important for additional bacterial removal.
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Everyone could use a helping hand now and then – but sometimes we might be too embarrassed to ask.
That wasn’t the case for this fearless kid who crawled into a stranger’s bathroom stall asking for help to wash his hands.
In the video, which was shot by a teen in a fast food washroom, a small child crawls under a stall door asking for, “someone to help hold him up so he can wash his hands.”
It's great to see this little guy has his priorities straight. He’s a fearless handwashing champion for sure!
Check out these helpful tips on how to teach kids about the importance of hand hygiene.
Washing with soap – not just water – is vital to proper hygiene. While water is powerful at rinsing away dirt, it cannot easily remove soil or organisms that are attached to the hands. Soap is able to do this effectively, maximizing the rinsing benefit of the water.
Despite this, in recent times some manufacturers have promoted smaller and smaller hand soap dosages, enabling them to claim an economic benefit due to more doses per liter of soap. Sadly, such claims are not supported by evidence and indeed product testing has shown that low dosage levels do not, in many instances, result in cleaning any better than using water alone, leaving people misled and potentially at risk of spreading infections despite their own best and well-intended efforts.
Foaming hand soap has been demonstrated to enable a significant reduction in the environmental impact of commercial washrooms through a combination of water and energy savings and lower chemical impact compared to traditional liquid soaps. Foam soaps also cover more hand surface area per dose, providing a more effective wash.
A recent test concluded that a dose of 0.7ml is the lowest dose sufficient to comfortably spread across all surfaces of most people’s hands. Therefore, the test concludes that this dose is the best balance between required effectiveness and economics. Many manufacturers suggest using much lower doses however in testing, a dose of 0.4ml only covered 53 percent of the hand surface area and did not produce a cleaning result any better than water alone. Using the optimal amount of foam soap is necessary to produce clean, bacteria-free hands.
Learn more about proper handwashing techniques in this recent article entitled, "How Soap Provides a Protective Shield for Hardworking Hands".