Cotton Towels Reduce Bacteria Transmission

January 19, 2016

With contagious illnesses and superbugs seen consistently on the news, it’s not surprising that bacterial transmission, and its prevention, are on people’s minds. Many surfaces and objects you come in contact with every day are covered in germs – but then again, so are you!  

Of the 60,000 types of germs that people come in contact with on a daily basis, only 1-2 percent are potentially dangerous to normal people with normal immunity.

So you can stop holding your breath and pushing doors open with you feet, but remember that it is still important to prevent the spread of those bad buggers who transmit the flu, infection, and more throughout the population.

Simple Solution

There is a simple activity that anyone can engage in to stay as safe as possible from surface germs – washing your hands! In fact, it’s the most important mechanism we have to prevent infection.

In the last decade, many companies have switched from rolls of paper towels in their facilities to air dryers, for both environmental and economical reasons, but newer research shows that this may not be the best way to prevent the spread of illness.

Effective Washing Requires More than Soap

While antibacterial soap seems like the superstar for clean hands, cotton towels have been proven to be more effective in reducing bacteria during the drying process!

Even the simple action of rubbing one’s hands on the towel contributes to an effective removal of bacteria, so don’t skip any steps.

For a more in-depth look at the science behind cotton towels, read our previous blog on the subject on why you should be using cotton towels!

There’s no time like the present to start focusing on a cleaner lifestyle. Make it your goal this year to keep your home and workplace a little bit healthier.

You don’t need to live in a bubble, but you do need to be aware. After touching surfaces, clean up before you eat, drink or touch your face! And cotton towels from Australian Uniform Service will be there to help get you squeaky clean, every time.