Face it. Your hands are gross. After all, we touch hundreds of surfaces a day—each with its own set of bacteria. Now that we have your attention, read on for 11 scary facts about germs on your hands that will definitely make you go, “Eew” this Halloween month!
Hands Down Creepy Germs!
In no particular order, prepare to be grossed out:
🖐 One germ can multiply into more than 8 million germs in one day!
🖐 We tend to have between 2 and 10 million bacteria on our fingertips and elbows alone.
🖐 That number doubles on your fingertips once you use the bathroom.
🖐 One in five people don’t wash their hands, and of those that do, only 30 percent use soap.
🖐 When you skip hand washing, all those millions of nasty germs are transferring to your drinks and food.
🖐 Germs can live up to three hours on your hands.
🖐 Your remote control is one of the top bacteria carriers!
🖐 Purses and handbags are gross too. They tend to have about 10,000 bacteria per square inch—and 30 percent of that contains feces! Are these scary facts about germs on your hands getting to you yet?
🖐 There are more germs on your keyboard, phone and a cutting board than on a toilet seat.
🖐 Hands spread 1,000 times more germs when they are damp versus dry.
🖐 Almost 80 percent of illness-causing germs are spread by our hands!
What Can We Do?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our number-one defense against illness-causing germs is handwashing. However, sometimes we don’t have quick access to soap and warm water.
The next best thing? Hand sanitizers, as long as hands aren’t visibly dirty.
So, fear not! This where Sanitation Station comes to the rescue. We offer three different types of hand sanitizing solutions, from gel and foam hand sanitizer with alcohol to non-alcohol foaming sanitizer. Available in one-gallon jugs, our sanitizer setups are designed to coincide with the dimensions of our indoor and all-weather stations, as well as Foam in a Box.