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Are Air Hand Dryers Unsafe?

Apr 27, 2011

I recently visited a public restroom at a gas station, and was fine with the cleanliness and available supplies, until I was done washing my hands.

I was faced with this as my only hand drying option:

Place hands in dryer, it stated simply. That’s an awful idea, I thought to myself. Knowing that hand dryers leave bacteria on hands, I was shocked to see that I had no paper towel option for hand drying. Automatic air hand dryers are not safe usually because of lack of regular cleaning maintenance. This particular air hand dryer looked even more menacing because it was an enclosed space that the air was being pumped into and back up onto hands. Who knows what was on the surface of this hand drying cavern of doom!

So, I did what any informed person would do, I shook my hands as dry as possible and then wiped them on my clothes! I am not usually a germaphobe, considering I dared even to use a public restroom at all. But with air hand dryers leaving as much as 254% bacteria on hands, I figured I might as well not wash them at all and roll around on the floor instead.

What do you do when faced with no hand drying option except an automatic air hand dryer?

Wiper and Scraper Entrance Floor Mats on Sale

Nov 15, 2010

Floor Mat Sale

Wiper and Scraper Entrance Mats on Sale this week at

Mats reduce maintenance cleaning costs by removing moisture & dirt from shoes before it enters your building.

Keep floors clean and dry inside even when it’s snowy and wet outside.

Reduce accidents and falls with wiper and scraper mat systems. Keep your employees and customers safe with floor mats.

Check out the full selection of floor mats if you’re looking for specialty mats, such as anti-fatigue mats or safety floor tread tape.

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

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.

Give Your Kitchen Sink Cabinet a Makeover!

Jan 15, 2009

What's under your sink?

What's under your sink?

According to a recent report issued by, many of the usual household items you keep in your cabinet under your kitchen sink may not be as safe or as helpful as you originally thought. Taking a page from the report, which can be found at, and adding a few tips of our own, here’s the essentials you need to stock or toss to get the most out of your under the sink storage space:

Keep: All-purpose cleaners
Pick ones with an EPA Design for the Environment label, which indicates that the ingredients are as safe as possible for the environment and you.

Keep: Rubber gloves
They protect your hands from hot water and cleaners that can irritate or dry out your skin. Choose ones that reach at least halfway up your forearm like these Latex Gloves from

Toss: Oven cleaner
The chemicals in it can burn skin on contact, and the fumes hurt airways. Instead, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda in a cool oven and spray with a mix of water and some liquid soap to dampen. Scrub with fine steel wool.

Keep: Disinfectants
Use these to clean a counter top where you’ve worked with raw meat or poultry. stocks several varieties, including Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface Spray to sterilize your counters or appliances before, after, and during food prep.

Toss: Sponges
Germs breed fast on these when wet, so be sure to store in a separate area. Also, “antibacterial” sponges aren’t a good option either. They’re likely treated with triclosan, an antimicrobial that might irritate sensitive skin and may harm the environment.


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