Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Salvation from Fomites

Fomites aren’t space aliens. They’re everyday objects that transmit infectious agents (aka germs and viruses) from one person to another. Office water cooler? Fomite. iPod and Blackberry, gym equipment, doorknobs and light switches? Fomites. Handrail on the bus? Major fomite.

Fomites can transmit colds, cold sores, conjunctivitis, E.coli infections, influenza and strep, to name just a few possibilities. According to the Occupational and Health Safety Administration, washing hands is the best defense, but most of us don’t do it enough. Fresh Scents 2 in 1 Antibacterial handwash makes it a little easier because of a built-in bonus. The base of each dispenser has a hidden cache of air-freshening beads. The patented time-release beads continuously release delicate fruit or floral scents, which are amplified when the bottle is picked up or shaken. Placed on a kitchen or bathroom counter, they make a fresh-scented reminder of how important it is to keep hands clean.

Washing hands frequently can helps keep infections at bay. Doing it right (according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) means taking off rings and jewelry, using hot water and enough soap to work up a good lather well, and scrubbing hands, fingers, forearms and under nails for at least 15 seconds. To finish, rinse with hot water and dry with a clean towel. In public facilities, use a paper towel to touch all surfaces.

Fresh Scents 2 in 1 Antibacterial Soap & Home Fragrance comes in six great scents and colors: Fresh Plum Mango (Purple), Cucumber Melon (Green), Tangerine Twist--with a hint of grapefruit(Orange), Cotton Blossom (Blue), and Honeysuckle (Clear), and the attractive dispensers look good and add a touch of color to bathroom or kitchen counters. Fresh Scents can be found at Target Stores, Walgreens and most major retail chains, with an affordable suggested retail price of $2.79.