Home Hand Sanitizer Dispenser
Since when has soap and/or antiseptic gel become unsanitary. First we don’t use bar soap anymore because that’s gross, so we switch to gel soaps in pumps. Then just washing your hands after using the bathroom or sneezing or before touching food has become inadequate and people are forced to believe that they need to carry around miniature hand sanatizers in their book bags, purses or even key rings. Then it moves to the statement that even touching these containers is unsanitary and you need a “hands free hand sanitizer dispenser”?! This is ludicrous.
I am totally and completely against the whole “hand sanitizer thing” and even more against needing an antibacterial hands-free dispenser to receive it from. So these sanitizers supposedly kill 99.9% of germs…OK that’s wonderful, but did you ever really think about it? 99.9% of germs aren’t harmful. In fact, it is this top layer of oil and skin that is peeled off from “waterless sanitizing products” when you use antibacterial gel that are supposed to be present in the body in order to keep us from getting sick! I’ve even done some research here: Barbara Almanza, an associate professor at Purdue University who teaches safe sanitation practices to workers, notes that hand sanitizers do not significantly reduce the number of bacteria on the hand and in many cases, it potentially increases the amount of bacteria on the hand. Furthermore, without the “good bacteria” to fight the bad, frequent users of antibacterial gels and creams are more susceptible to illnesses!
Anyways, back to the real issue at hand. A self cleaning product shouldn’t need a hands-free dispenser! Even if the outside of the dispenser is a bit dirty, the crap coming out of it is supposed to sanitize the hell out of everything it touches…hmm. Maybe if Americans were a little less worried about stripping their body of every germ they come in contact with and a little more worried about staying busy and active and leading an overall healthy lifestyle, less people would get sick. It’s my personal belief that things like eating healthy, getting fresh air, getting exercise, and getting enough sleep are major factors in health. Much more so, in fact, than making sure that you dry out your skin with sanitation gels!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not pro-dirty. I definitely support washing your hands and a regular bathing schedule. But personally, I think I’ll stick with good ole soap and water. You know, really live on the edge! :P