When we think of soap, most of us think of cleanliness. We think of clearing away the dirt, not adding more. The unfortunate fact, however, is that soap can sometimes do more harm than good. You might be afraid to use bar soap, and the following fact will gross you out: until the 1960’s, we used bar soap in public restrooms! Now, however, we use soap dispensers. If you aren’t careful, and your restroom isn’t properly sanitized, you could end up contaminating your soap and spreading bacteria and disease. Read on to see how this works.
What’s in soap?
Bulk soap, like the kind used in public restrooms, is made en masse in order to be distributed efficiently and evenly. It is then poured or inserted via pouch into a dispenser. This dispenser can either be a liquid or foam soap dispenser, but the effect remains the same. Bulk soap in its purest form does not have any dangerous bacteria, and will properly clean your hands after using the restroom. In clean, sanitized environments, bulk soap in your restroom will not be contaminated.
How does it get contaminated?
Soap can be contaminated through poor restroom cleaning procedure. For instance, if an employee has finished cleaning an unclean portion of the restroom before pouring the soap, they could contaminate it with fecal matter and urine. This is especially true if they have been cleaning the floors, also known as the dirtiest part of any public restroom. If the lid to the dispenser is left open for too long, or is improperly clean, the same bacteria can contaminate it. In these cases, soap does nothing for your hands, and might actually spread germs more easily.
How can you prevent it?
By keeping your restroom properly sanitized at all times, your soap has much less of a risk of becoming contaminated by these bacteria. This is because bacteria and germs will be eliminated from your restroom entirely. Sanitizing services performed by professionals are the best way to keep your restroom sparkling and healthy, and it will protect your soap from contamination.
Enviro-Master of Mid-Atlantic knows exactly how to protect your public restroom from germs!