In this time of potential exposure to H1N1 (swine flu), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and many other bacteria and viruses, one thing we’re constantly being told is to “wash your hands often.” This is good advice since, according to the Center for Disease Control, washing your hands is the most effective way to prevent illness. One of the biggest challenges parents face is instilling the practice in their children. A great way to do this is by installing a small, commercial-type bulk soap dispenser in your bathroom. This provides many benefits:
- Kids really find the activity of using an object with movement or that requires them to activate something to be fun to do.
- These types of soap dispensers help prevent the spread of germs much more effectively than using bar soap.
- It will be easier for them to use, since given the dexterity of younger children, it is difficult for them to handle bar soap or a dispenser bottle that is pushed down (how many times does the bar of soap or dispenser go flying? dumps along with everything else on the counter?)
- It will help keep your bathroom clean (as we know, bar soap gets tangled up in hair, leaves residue all over the sink and counter, the contents of the pump bottle spray all over the bowl and counter).
- Available dispensers are small at 4″ wide x 4″ deep x 6″ long, cost less than $15, and will look stylish in your bathroom.
- Although there is an initial cost to purchase the soap dispenser and products (soap is generally available in 1-4 gallon increments or 1200 mil bag cases, etc.) it will save you money in the long run as the products have a long duration. Duration
These dispensers are available with manual activation via push bars or “hands-free activation” that requires no touch to dispense soap. Consider talking to a neighbor or friend about installing one of these dispensers and you may be able to “split the cost” of bulk soap ordering.
In conclusion, there is no guarantee that it can totally prevent infection, the spread of germs, or disease; however, with frequent handwashing and proper practice of other proven methods of personal hygiene, your exposure to potential sources of harm can be greatly reduced, ensuring you have a better chance of keeping your family healthy.