Dec 18, 2014

Washing hands with Hand Sanitizer vs. Washing hands with Soap and Water, What's better

It is common to see hand sanitizer dispensers in public places and mothers of small children carrying them around, but does it really substituting washing hands with soap and water good for you?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC and the Food and Drug Administration FDA state that washing hands with water and soap is the best way to reduce the number of microbes and hand sanitizers maybe used as supplements but no as a substitute. The reason  is that alcohol-based sanitizers  may not be as effective because people may not use a large amount and may wipe it off before it has dried. Also, water and soap are more effective in removing certain kind of germs such as Cryptosporidium, norovirus, and Clostridium difficile. besides, Hands sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

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Dec 17, 2014

Proper Hand Washing and your Health

Every year millions of people get sick with the Flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov) recommends to get vaccinated to prevent the seasonal illness, that, and also to properly washing your hands. Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to protect you against germs, diseases and prevent the spread of germs and illness to others. 

Proper hand washing involves five simple steps: Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry. Washing your hands with water and soap is always the best; however you can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer which does not require water.   Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

The guidelines for washing hands according to the CDC :




  Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather     backs of     your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
  Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  Dry your hands using a clean towel or   air dry them.


You should wash your hands:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  •  After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  •  After handling pet food or pet treats
  •  After touching garbage

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Dec 16, 2014

Green tips -- Learn to be a Green Traveler

Green Travelers will be asked to return 
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1. “Pack your eco habits with you! Just as you would at home, try and remain aware of your water usage and take steps to minimize it where possible.”

2. “Ask questions of your hotel or tour operators. Do they measure their water usage? Do they set reduction targets? Do they have dual flush toilets? Are they harvesting rainwater? Do they have a water butt?”

3. “Take shorter showers and less baths.”

4. “Think about your ‘virtual’ water use while on holiday too - vast amounts of water are used to produce food stuffs as well as textiles such as cotton.”


5. “Golf courses can be serious water guzzlers. The average amount of water used by one golf course in Thailand is enough for 60,000 Thai villagers for one day. If you want to play golf, check with the club as to what steps they are taking to minimize their water usage.”

6. “Swimming pools are another water drainer - natural or salt water pools are better. Hotels should also be covering their pool at night to reduce evaporation.”

7. “Does your tour operator or hotel work with local communities to ensure access to clean water and sanitation facilities?”

8. “Ensure your hotel only washes your towels and bed linen when absolutely necessary. This is just one step among many that they should be taking to reduce water usage.”

9. “Fill up a reusable bottle with drinkable water in your hotel or guesthouse if you can - not only will you save money by buying less bottled water but you’ll also help with the problem of plastic bottle waste. It can be even harder to recycle these in developing countries in particular.”

10. “If you come across leaky pipes and dripping taps, report them to hotel staff and keep badgering them until you see it fixed!”

Courtesy of Traveling The Green Way



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Dec 9, 2014

How to increase the frequency of Hand Washing in Hospitals and Medical Care Facilities - Tapmaster could be the answer!

Docs and Hospital and Medical Facility staff are smart folks and are generally trained very well in the USA. But does it not unsettle you a bit when the medical staff comes in to help you without washing their hands?

We feel the increased use of the Tapmaster Hands Free Faucet device in the Medical Community could help decrease disease by making hand washing easier and more available






We have taken portions from an article we read about hand washing or the lack thereof in Medical Facilities

-Washing hands is one of the single most effective ways to prevent the spread of dangerous infections — ranging from pneumonia to MRSA, a life-threatening staph infection — in U.S. hospitals

-Still, hospital workers wash their hands only about 40 to 50 percent of the time, often because it’s inconvenient or they are overwhelmed by other tasks.

-The CDC and the World Health Organization provide guidelines for good hand hygiene, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach to changing bad habits(for hand washing in medical facilities) 

Here is the entire article that discusses how Vanderbilt's Medical School Hospital greatly increased hand washing and lowered disease related to poor hand washing 




Tapmaster has a suite of products well designed for the Medical Community. The Conservastore Central Page helps you make the choice for your situation-please click here

The most popular is the Model 1750 or the Conservastore Model 01-0273-please click here


The Model 1756 or the Conservastore Model 01-1756 is great because the hot and cold can be regulated with your feet-please click here

If you are an architect or plumbing engineer that specs new Medical Community work let us know and we can send you whatever you may need to spec the Tapmaster into your upcoming jobs

If you are a Plumbing Maintenance Professional and feel the Tapmaster will help you meet the goals your Hospital or Medical Facility may have for hand washing or disease reduction please call us or email us for any info you may need 

Is hand washing with Alcohol based foams and sprays better than hand washing with soap and water. We will write about this often in the next few posts so please stay tuned.


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Dec 6, 2014

Top 10 Easy Tips to Go Green

How to Go Green

The number one, most important and easiest tip for going green is to REDUCE your consumption as much as possible. There are tradeoffs for every conservation effort (i.e., paying bills online consumes energy but protects trees) Using less of whatever is the most eco-friendly and obviously saves money too!
Here are some more simple tips for Green Living:

1. Avoid using plastic bags. Carry out items without a bag when you can conveniently hold them in your hands. Bring your own reusable canvas or cloth bags shopping with you.

2. Switch to LED (or in some instances compact flourescent) light bulbs when your incandescents burn out. You will save money on your electric bill and reduce the use of fossil fuels. Be careful of disposal however, these light bulbs contain hazardous materials. See below for more info.

3. Recycle. Most people now recycle their cans, bottles and paper but many other items should avoid landfills too. Curb side waste management companies may not except plastic bags, batteries, cell phones, motor oil, light bulbs, etc. However it is important to properly dispose of them because they may contain hazardous materials (for example compact light bulbs contain mercury which can leak and contaminate soil and water). You can find out where to recycle just about anything by going to Earth 911 and entering your zip code for a list of locations near you.

4. Buy only what you need and shop locally for food items. Shopping locally helps support sustainable agriculture and reduces fuel consumption required for transporting food from distant locations.

5. Conserve water by turning it off when you are brushing your teeth, doing only full loads of laundry and dishes, and installing efficient shower heads and faucets. Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees.

6. Stop buying bottled water. Instead use gallon or larger jugs and fill sturdy reusable bottles from them. Better yet install a water filter in your faucet to avoid purchasing plastic containers all together. You should not use disposable water bottles over again since the chemicals in the plastic begin to contaminate your water after repeated use.

7. Make your own non-toxic cleaning products that are safe enough to eat. Many items you already have will do amazing jobs cleaning. Keep the following items handy and see how to make your own cleaning products for instructions: baking soda borax, lemons, olive oil, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and washing soda.

8. Find good homes for your unwanted things. Donate old but wearable clothes to charities and keep those 
that are to worn or stained for rags. Animal shelters often need blankets, sheets and towels regardless of their condition. Donate toys to children's homes, hospitals or preschools. Have a yard sale or sell on Ebay to make some extra money.

9. Pay your bills online and cancel paper statements. You will save trees and postage. Also cancel your junk mail. Visit newdream.org to begin the simple process.

10. Unplug appliances and electronics that are used infrequently. These things use electricity even when they are turned off. To make this more convenient, use power strips so that you only have to unplug one cord. For more information about saving electricity in your home stop by Green Energy Efficient Homes


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