June 28, 2012 : Why to Choose Sani Hands at the Beach

Why to Choose Sani Hands at the Beach

During summertime, there’s nothing better than going to the beach on a warm sunny day and jumping into the water to cool off. However, would it still be as great if you knew going to the beach would make you sick?
The Natural Resources Defense Council recently did a study that focused on how dirty US beaches and how the water is making people sick. Within the report it included 3,000 beaches nationwide, and listed 15 beaches that have repeatedly turned up in the pollution rankings. The study also stated that 3.5 million people get sick each year at US beaches due to sewage in the water, and are left with a range of waterborne illnesses including pink eye, skin rashes, stomach flu, ear nose and throat problems, and other serious health problems. Below is a list of ways to help your family from getting sick this summer while visiting the beach.

Educate yourself: Before you head off to the beach, educate yourself about the beach to see if it’s known to be unclean and polluted. The studied showed that some beaches in Louisiana, Avalon and Doheny State beaches in southern California and select waterfront beaches in Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey and Wisconsin are included in the list of 15 beaches that have high pollution rankings.

Look Before you Jump In:
Before you go swimming make you sure you check the water. Make sure that the water isn’t an abnormal color or doesn’t have a scum layer. Also, if there is a strong odor coming off of the water, it probably isn’t best to swim in.

Play in the Water, but don’t drink the water: Even if the water seems like it’s clean, it’s probably best if you don’t drink it.

Wash Your Hands After Swimming: Since some of the illnesses that the water causes are pink eye and skin rashes, it’s important to not let the water penetrate your skin for long. Clean off your hands with Sani-Hands or your kids hands with Sani-Hands for kids, so that you don’t rub your eyes with possibly contaminated hands and get pink eye

June 18, 2012 : The Importance of Hand Sanitizing Wipes

The Importance of Hand Sanitizing Wipes

A study was done recently at a microbiology researchers' conference in San Francisco that measured the amount of bacteria on objects in a series of hotel rooms. Previously on this blog we have mentioned the common areas on your home that have a higher than average amount of bacteria. With hotels, the objects remain largely the same when ranking them in order of containing the highest amount of bacteria; however, the types of bacteria are different.

This is due to the fact that in the above mentioned study, the highest levels of contamination were actually found in the hotel maids’ cleaning carts, more specifically, on the mop and sponge. This means that different bacteria are being spread from one environment to the next.

This means that regardless of your own personal hygiene, when you’re in public, you will encounter bacteria. Another recent study showed that 71% of gas pump handles, 68% of mailbox handles, 43% of escalator rails, 41% of ATM buttons, 40 % of parking meters, and 35% of crosswalk buttons and vending machine buttons had some form of bacteria on them.

This is why it makes sense to always have hand sanitizing wipes on you. Whether you’re a single person, living in a big city, or a mother of 3 in the suburbs, there are different types of bacteria around you at all times. In this day and age, none of us have the time or energy to get sick just because we didn’t think ahead and bring hand sanitizer wipes with us.

June 8, 2012 : The Fight Against Deadly Infections in Hospitals

The Fight Against Deadly Infections in Hospitals

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal published an article, Behind one Hospital’s Fight Against Deadly Infection, which explained the pressure hospitals are under to clean up their act. As the article stated, “one in twenty hospital patients gets a potentially deadly infection.”  Studies have shown that the most common surfaces, such as the sink faucets or TV remote controls, are the places that can have the most deadly bacteria on them. Efforts have been made to reduce hospital infections, including launching the “Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients” program which includes online seminars for cleaning staffs. Not only is education necessary to help reduce these infections, but the products used to clean are just as important.    
Many hospitals have resorted to using stronger soaps, bleach, and more potent kinds of hydrogen peroxide to clean better. Here at Sanitizing Wipes, we offer the Sani- Cloth HB which is also sometimes used to clean hospital surfaces. It is through the combination of many cleaning products that hospitals can begin decreasing the prevalence of infections. 
Although efforts have been made to have a cleaner hospital environment to reduce the rate of infections, it is still very important to take your own preventative measures to stop from getting infected. The most important preventative measure is keeping your hands clean. The Sani-Hands individual packet wipes are a great way to make sure that your hands are always clean. Although these wipes are great to use to clean your hands throughout the day, It is especially important to use them after you have touched the common surfaces that can carry a lot of deadly bacteria, such as the faucets or remote controls.
Another important preventive measure is to SPEAK UP! If you feel like your hospital room is not clean, then don’t hesitant to ask your nurse to have your room cleaned. It is important for you to feel comfortable in your own room and to reduce the chances of getting infected.
Do you work at a hospital? Be sure to look at our large selection of hospital grade disinfectant wipes to keep yourself safe from infections at work.


June 6, 2012 : Top 10 dirtiest places in your home

Top 10 dirtiest places in your home

Ten common areas in your home where bacteria likes to party.

Your home, a place that you hope to come home to after a long day at work and find filled with love and comfort. A place filled with relaxation and celebrations, with stability and with warmth. Unfortunately your home is also filled with bacteria, lots and lots of bacteria. No matter how hard you work for it, these little creatures tend to flourish wherever human beings live. Below we have listed ten common places in your home that bacteria can be found in abundance.

1) The toilet bowl

Ranking this one the highest on the list shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Fecal matter is often in and around this area of your house. Too often people tend to store personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes and combs near this area. Make sure that if you do this, these items are covered in order to protect them from these harmful bacteria and make sure that the lid to the toilet is closed prior to flushing so that fecal matter does not splash outside of the bowl.

2) The Kitchen Drain

While you may think this is a fairly clean area of your house due to how often you spend time actually cleaning other objects in it, it is actually filled with bacteria. This is due to the fact that the soap we use to wash our dishes doesn’t always eliminate the bacteria from old food, dirty sponges, and the occasional band aid that may slip off during the dish washing process. Be sure to wipe your hands off with a sani-hand wipe after washing your dishes to make sure that you aren’t spread those bacteria even further.

3) Sponge or Counter Wiping cloth

Some would argue that this is actually the dirtiest item in your home since these cleaning tools pick up bacteria while you clean and are often not sanitized prior to their next use. To disinfect a sponge make sure it has been soaked in water, then heat it in the microwave for 60 seconds to two minute, or pour boiling water over it carefully, and then rinse it with cool water prior to its next use.

4) Toothbrush Holder

As mentioned above, this is one item that is often over looked as a breeding ground for bacteria. It is often left out, uncovered and can have various amounts of bacteria resting on it. Make sure that you wipe this item down on a regular basis or pop it into the dishwasher among your other dishes the next time you wash a load.

5) Bathtub, near the drain

While much attention is typically paid to keeping the rest of your bathtub from producing mildew or mold, which is representative of moist bacterial growth, all of the grime that you remove from your body on a daily basis can remain in the drain, growing and festering. By the time the soap that you used to clean your body has reached this destination it is no longer effective in cleaning this area. Make sure the next time you clean your bathroom to pay close attention to this area in order to keep the bacteria at bay.

6) Bathroom Faucet

Another area that is commonly overlooked is the bathroom faucet. While a typical glass cleaner will make this area shine, it will not eliminate the bacteria growing here. Remember, this is (hopefully) the first area that you touch after using the toilet, so it is of utmost importance that is sanitized properly. One idea that is useful in keeping this area strategically sanitized is to keep some disinfectant wipes available for you to use immediately after washing your hands.

7) Pet Food dish

This is yet another area that is often over looked. Much like sponges and kitchen sinks, this area retains small pieces of food and does not receive the proper, thorough cleaning that it deserves. A quick wipe down with a sanitizing wipe on a regular basis means that you don’t have to throw Fido’s dish in the dish washer every time he finishes his meal.

8) Stove knobs

 The kitchen is quickly losing its appeal as a safe haven as we go down this list, but with a few strategically placed sanitizing wipes this area of your household can be returned to its pristine glory. It is important to keep in mind when cooking to keep your hands clean, especially after handling meat. Doing this will vastly cut short the amount of bacteria being spread around the food prep area. 

9) Phones/cell phones

 While this is a seemingly strange item to find on this list, imagine all of the unclean places that your cell phone goes; your purse, your pocket, your briefcase, your kitchen counter, your desk at work…. maybe even your bathroom. After that it is held closely to your face for minutes or hours at a time. Since you would never want to wash your cell phone, make sure that you use a non abrasive disinfecting wipe to clean it off on a regular basis.

10) Television remote control 

Yet another item that everyone in the house is constantly touching, whether they have washed their hands or not, is the television remote control. It can be the home to hundreds if not thousands of bacteria per square inch and is being passed around on a regular basis. As with you mobile device, you aren’t going to want to wash this device, rather, make sure to use a non-abrasive sanitizing wipe in order to wipe it down, and do so frequently.



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