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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.

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43 Responses to “Why your facility restrooms should go with Touchless Dispensers & Faucets”

  1. Jenn - November 19th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Great post! It is pretty gross to think about all the bacteria in public restrooms. A lot of toilet paper dispensers I’ve seen have the whole toilet paper encased so you can really grab the roll itself. I myself always tear off a few pieces and throw it away before I use it for myself. The touchless dispensers are genius. Now if only there would be a way out the door…

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  3. Security Door Safety - December 11th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I agree to having these so you cannot spread germs. The only problems is that half the time I can’t get them to work!

  4. akiro - January 7th, 2010 at 3:32 am

    That’s nice automatic dispensers, that very practical. stop spreading the germs.

  5. Security - January 13th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I think that they help to prevent the spread of germs but the faucets need to be designed better. half the time they don’t turn on.

  6. Benjamin Robert Johnson - February 14th, 2010 at 6:51 am

    The idea about automatic toilet paper/towel dispensers is just brilliant! I never thought how practical people become nowadays. At least now, we are aware of our health. People might think that this is a small issue or a no-concern-at-all but think about it, we acquire most of the germs and bacteria at dispensers that we thought have lesser germs compared to toilets.

  7. cctv kits uk - February 27th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    its a great idea but would many compaies take it on? In terms of a cost analysis point of view, you can have one of these systms that probably will get broke and need a maintenance contract, or alternatively you hace have a loo roll on the sytern. I know for a health point of view what makes sense but from a business point of view I can see what I would do. Until theres some kind of lawsuit againt a pulblic toilet in a hop or bar then I cant see it catching on.. but thats just my opinion .. maybe im mssing the boat here?

  8. Ken - March 2nd, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    You make a really great point- a lot of the arguments against going “green” or focusing on health is the cost- benefit analysis Hopefully the market will catch up so that prices will be more competitive!

  9. CCTV Systems - March 15th, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Shocking statistics there, I will let everyone know the numbers when we’re next in the pub. I do agree though, half the time they don’t work and then I’m left there with drippy hands. Fail.

  10. Kelli - March 26th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Great post!! I always have thought about germs in public toilets, but there is no way out …
    but may be now something is going to be little bit better.

  11. Billy - April 7th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Yeah great post.

    I would think the door handle is another source of germs. A lot of people don’t wash their hands and they all touch the door knob.

    I usually try and use a paper towel or something else other than my hands for opening the door.

  12. insurance tips - April 10th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Ah, another drawback of getting old!

  13. Wall Soap Dispensers - May 8th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    It’s actually icky to touch a tissue paper or soap dispenser that other hundreds of people had used before. I always make it a point to bring tissue paper wherever I go! 😀

  14. Molly - May 10th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    That’s why touchfree is the way to go! Hopefully more organizations and businesses start putting them in their public restrooms.

  15. Small Business Accountant - May 14th, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Great information! As a Small Business Accountant firm, we will implement these changes.After all what is most important than our health?

  16. bhob - July 19th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    nice post

  17. calgary steel framing - July 28th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I usually bring my own toilet paper and wet issue when using comfort room on mall or wherever I go to always keep clean and safe from illness.

  18. jennylyn farland - July 29th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Nice post! Come to think of using public comfort rooms where you can get lots of bacteria and germs. I just realized this from reading your post.

  19. Molly - July 29th, 2010 at 5:44 am

    That’s one way to stay safe in public areas. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Toilet Partition Hardware Supply - August 18th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Very interesting! As someone who has worked in commercial restroom construction for years, its interesting to hear about a common misconception being cleared up!

  21. Jean@calgary steel framing contractor - August 27th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Interesting. I didn’t know that toilet paper like this could be more harmful to your health. This time I would use water and soap rather than pull out some tissue from the dispenser.

  22. Start Internet Marketing - September 5th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Touch-free is my first choice, but not all public restrooms are going in this direction.

  23. Andy Bello - September 29th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Touch less dispensers and faucets are better idea because you will be able to decrease the transfer of infection or contamination for one person to another.

  24. Alisa - December 1st, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Interesting. I would use water and soup also. It’s safer.

  25. John Wilkinson - December 4th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    UUhhh as for me it is better not to know all the horrors that await us just around the corner. Generally very afraid to use public toilets. But when the need arises no choice.

  26. pozycjonowanie - December 22nd, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Merry christmas! This is cool article, i love your blog 😉 <3

  27. Diana - January 5th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Shocking stats, but not surprising. Germs everywhere, your foot comes in handy for flushing, as far as soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, and the door handle to leave it all comes with a horror of germs. Carry a little bottle of anti bacterial get with you and use this to finalize your cleanliness. Cheap Edmonton Hotels

  28. Steve @rugged depot - January 26th, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I agree! to have these so that you cannot spread germs. The only problems is that half the time I can’t get them to work!thanks for the article…

  29. Ty - Article Rewriter - February 23rd, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    It didn’t take my first or second comment. What the crap? lol no pun intended :)

    you ever wondered about the faucet handle or doorknob. I always use a paper towel on the handles. Disgusting.

  30. dehumidifier - March 7th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I certainly agree that this kind of things are good source of bacterias and germs but i guess this are all part of our existence and we can’t get away with this germs and bacterias no matter what we do…

  31. Steve - April 5th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Great post! I didn’t know that toilet paper like this could be more harmful to your health. thanks for sharing! and keep it up guys…

  32. Sara - April 10th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    It’s actually icky to touch a tissue paper or soap dispenser that other hundreds of people had used before.he only problems is that half the time I can’t get them to work!thanks for the article. Thank you.

  33. Molly - April 12th, 2011 at 5:10 am

    True, levers and push buttons can be dirty. Touchless and automatic dispensers are the way to go. Perhaps the ones you were using had dead batteries? Usually telling the maintenance department or janitorial staff is a quick fix for getting working appliances!

  34. Palletizing Robots - May 18th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I love it how more bathrooms are providing touchless dispensers and even for soap! Now, if only the bathrooms can provide a trash by the door so I can toss the napkin after I open the door with it.

  35. Ann@Utah Auto Insurance - May 31st, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    This is a really interesting statistic. Glad to know that the toilet seat is not the most dirty part of the bathroom!

  36. Dentist West Hollywood - July 5th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    This is a great idea. Since touching the towel dispenser handle isn’t always 100% clean, touchless is a safer way. When I come across a dispenser that is not touchless, I need to use my elbow on the lever.

  37. Josh - July 12th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Awesome article. It’s never fun to think about what goes on in a bathroom, especially the spreading of germs. I like my bathroom to be as clean as possible. Good to know public restrooms are moving in that direction.

  38. Your Business Solutions - July 28th, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Great page! I believe our country’s future is in the hands of small business owners.

  39. Sarah - August 25th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I love hearing about stuff like this. It always seems to be the opposite of what one thinks. Lets be honest though, public restrooms in general should probably be avoided unless neccessary.

  40. work from home - September 19th, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I could not agree more in fact If I could still afford to hold it and wait til i get home i will. Using a touchless hand soap and a faucet is really a perfect idea and I hope all public restrooms can afford to get one.

  41. security cam - November 8th, 2011 at 7:14 am

    even me also laking to touch tissue paper on public tiolets.you vanish this through your post.tx

  42. Carmon - February 13th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks for posting. To me there is nothing more annoying than seeing someone walk out of the bathroom without washing his/her hands. Public restrooms including toilet paper and faucets are filthy!

  43. Edinburgh Accommodation - March 21st, 2013 at 4:38 am

    These are the best news ever about the Toilets papers. Great to have visit on that website..

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