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Public Restoom Hygiene

Oct 8, 2010

Public Restroom StallsMany people have aversions to using public restrooms. Who knows how many people are using these toilets and sinks? At least, at home, you know who you are sharing germs with!

If you must use a public bathroom, there are some important things to remember! Some of recommendations for using a public bathroom include avoiding air hand dryers, using touchless dispensers. Carrying a hand sanitizer with you might also be a good idea, in case you do pick up any germs on door handles or faucets.

Check out this blog by Joseph Morris that discusses Public Restroom Statistics. You might be horrified by these public bathroom facts!

Hurricane Preparedness and Emergency Supplies Sale

Sep 13, 2010

Prepare for hurricanes and other disasters and emergencies! Emergency supplies available to help you cope with the storm and clean up.

  • Clean up flooding and leaks with buckets and air movers.

Check out full sale prices and products at

Good Restroom Hygiene- Provide Hand Sanitizer

Jul 9, 2010

Public restrooms might be dirty places, but there are many ways to stay clean when using the bathroom. Previously, we recommended using paper towels versus air hand dryers to spread less bacteria onto hands. Touchless dispensers also cut down on the spread of germs.

Check out this video stating how to properly place hand sanitizers in restrooms. The more that others use hand sanitizers, the less germ will spread. It is better to have hand sanitizer readily available for patrons and employees, reminding them to use them and encouraging better hygiene. offers a variety of hand sanitizer dispenser systems for your business or workplace. Buy them to start promoting hygiene in your restrooms and bathrooms today!

Safety Supply Sale

Jun 7, 2010

In honor of National Safety Month, sponsored by the National Safety Council, we put some important safety supplies for the workplace on sale at

Check out discounts on anti-fatigue mats, floor signs, ear plugs, and first aid supplies.

Stock up on safety supplies for your workplace to prevent injuries today!

Picnic and Barbecue Catering Supplies Sale

Jun 1, 2010

Check out the sale on picnic and BBQ supplies at

Stock up on picnic supplies like plastic drinking cups and paper napkins to last all season. Don’t forget Glad garbage bags for cleanup after the barbecue is over! See other foodservice supplies for everything you need for your event.

Tips for Barbecue or Picnic Safety

  1. Use separate utensils for handling raw and cooked food items.
  2. Throw away food items left outside for more than 2 hours.
  3. For over 90 degree weather, only leave food items out for 1 hour.
  4. Provide hand sanitizer wipes for cleaning hands outside without access to water and soap.

Dial Hand Sanitizer Rebates

Jun 1, 2010

Dial hand sanitizer products are available at discounted prices with manufacturer rebates. Buy hand sanitizer in bulk from to protect your employees and household from spreading flu or disease.

Dial liquid Dial Hand Sanitizer Pumphand sanitizer kills 99.99% of germs instantly. This waterless hand cleaner is effective against bacteria, yeast and molds. A dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic formula for sensitive skin leaves hands free of residue. Dial hand sanitizer is fragrance and dye-free. Moisturizers help prevent hands from drying and cracking.

Buy wholesale hand sanitizer by Dial, including pump bottles and refill packs. See Dial Hand Sanitizer Rebate details for full instructions.

What is Septic Safe Toilet Paper?

Apr 12, 2010

Scott Rapid Dissolving Bath TissueScott Bath Tissue is known for being safe for use in septic systems. Many people who have septic systems are concerned with what type of toilet papers are safe to flush. Over 20% of housing units are served by septic systems, according to a 2007 survey by the Office of Wastewater Management. That’s more than 26 million housing units using septic systems!

Choose Scott Brand Bath Tissue when you’re looking for a septic safe toilet tissue. For those looking for an even faster, more rapidly dissolving toilet paper, is now offering Scott Rapid Dissolve Toilet Paper.

This fast-dissolving 1-ply toilet paper dissolves four times faster than a normal bath tissue!

Don’t hassle with plungers and overflowing toilets anymore! Prevent plumbing problems, clogged toilets, and septic tank overflows by using Scott Rapid Dissolve Bathroom Tissue. This toilet paper can also be used in low flow or no flush circumstances, such as in RV and boat bathrooms. If you have a septic system, or an older home, you may be at a higher risk of toilet paper clogging.

Prevent clogs with Scott Rapid Dissolve Bath Tissue

Additional Tips for Preventing Overflows!

Only flush toilet paper. Post signs in public bathrooms to dispose of wipes and feminine products in the proper receptacles.

Keep other items away from the toilet. Don’t leave items on the back of the toilet where they could fall in easily during flushing.

Clean toilets frequently for maximum flush power. Poke a wire coat hanger into the water flow holes under the rim to rid the toilet of blockage.

Why your facility restrooms should go with Touchless Dispensers & Faucets

Nov 13, 2009

Touch Free Toilet Paper DispenserWhile most of us worry about contracting germs while touching public toilet seats, according to a new study at the University of Arizona, the toilet seat is the least of our worries. Research conducted by Dr. Charles Gerba revealed the following startlingly results:
–    The average toilet paper dispenser has more than 150x the amount of bacteria than the  average public toilet seat
–    The
average paper towel dispenser has more than 50x the amount of bacteria than the average public toilet seat

These factors, coupled with increased concerns for sanitary conditions due to the flu season and the H1N1 epidemic, can make using the public restroom a  risky situation. However, thanks to today’s technologically, you don’t have to risk your health and safety every time you step into a public restroom.

Here’s what you can do to address this problem:

Utilize touchless or automatic dispensers
Public health experts recommend installing touchless (or automatic) dispensers wherever and whenever possible.  By removing the place germs are most likely to hang out (ie the handles of the dispensers, where people touch the most), you are removing the risk factor associated with these devices. Touch free paper towel dispensers, toilet paper dispensers, faucets, and soap dispensers are well worth the added cost to keep everyone happy and healthy. Not only are they healthier, but they will actually save you money in the long run due to the controlled distribution of products.

If touchless dispensers are not available, grab your paper towels before you begin to wash your hands
This eliminates the risk of  re-exposing your hands after they are freshly washed. Also, grab two extra paper towels – one to grab the faucet and one to grab the door on the way out.

Look for the Hand Sanitizer Dispensers on the way out

Thankfully, many public facilities are now placing instant hand sanitizer dispensers right out side of their restrooms. Always stop to grab some if it is available.

Air Hand Dryers leave 254% more bacteria on hands

Nov 9, 2009

airdryerFor most of us, we are slightly disappointed to see air hand dryers in public restrooms after washing our hands. Environmental friendly factors set aside, those air dryers are just not as effective as old fashioned paper towels at getting our hands dry.  According to a  study by Effect Measure, an independent group of senior public health practitioners, you may have one more reason to be disappointed to see those dryers – every time you use an air dryer, the amount of bacteria on your hands increases by 254% and on the finger pads by 194%.

Additionally, most of the older hand dryers in use (and even some of the newer ones) have an internal screen that should be changed every 1-2 weeks. Unfortunately, most are lucky if they are changed every 1-2 years. This sad reality is not only is a waste of energy, but also keeps more bacteria, germs, and viruses trapped in the dust on the screens, which then is blown directly onto our hands when we dry them.

With the flu epidemic continually gaining momentum, the safety of hand dryers became a major concern at many universities, schools, and other densely populated facilities. At the schools where outbreaks occurred, they became a big enough concern that health department officials ordered them removed and replaced with paper towel dispensers.

If a restroom you use still has a dryer, public health practitioners recommend to wash your hands, skip the dryer, and then dry your hands with napkins, paper towels, etc. in the vicinity.

How to Prevent Swine Flu during Back to School Season

Aug 18, 2009

Keep your kids smiling all year round with these flu safety tips!

Keep your kids smiling all year round with these flu safety tips!

Kids (and parents!) have one more reason to dread going back to school this year – fear of contradicting the dreaded swine flu (H1N1) virus, especially given the fact the highest number of swine flu cases occurred in those between the ages of 5-24. Luckily, since schools broke for the summer last May, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has learned much more about the H1N1 virus and has published a new list of precautions that if followed, will significantly reduce the chances of another outbreak from occurring and will also keep students (and teachers) safely in the classroom. Follow the steps below to ensure a healthy and happy school year for all:

Stay home for at least 24 hours even after flu-like symptoms disappear
Once the symptoms of the flu disappear (fever, nausea, etc.) remain home for at least an additional 24-hours. Just because you feel 100%, doesn’t mean the flu has disappeared 100% from your body. Give it an extra 24 hours to be safe. Additionally, children under 5 years old and children in high-risk, high-contact facilities (daycare or childcare) should give themselves additional time to fully recover.

Practice good hand hygiene
The quickest and fastest way to spread the flu is through hand contact. Wash hands with soap & water for AT LEAST 20 SECONDS; especially every time you cough or sneeze. Teach your children to sing “Happy Birthday” to themselves twice when washing their hands as a good rule of thumb for a 20-second time frame.

Use Alcohol-based Hand sanitizers
The best hand cleaners are alcohol-based and contain at least 60% alcohol, such as Clorox Instant Hand Sanitizer.  If the school’s policies do not allow alcohol based hand cleaners, alternative sanitizers should still be used, such as Care Wipes Alcohol-Free Wipes, however they will not be as effective.

Wipe ALL surfaces with disinfectants
Keyboards, doorknobs, and table tops are just a few of the most common places the flu virus can be spread from if touched. Therefore, these surfaces should be disinfected routinely. Try Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to easily tackle this important task.


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