Q: ARE TOILET DOOR HANDLES REALLY DANGEROUS?
A: The simple answer is "it depends". It depends on WHO used the handle recently, their level of personal hygiene, and what transmissible diseases they left behind. It depends on YOU and your level of disease resistance... and also what you do afterwards (... eating a sandwich or rubbing your eyes, for example). Finally, it depends on the GERMS. Some bacteria are beneficial to us. Some are fragile and quickly die in an exposed environment like a door handle. Other germs, such as Norovirus, are more hardy, and are certainly not something you would want on your hands.
Q: AREN'T SOME BACTERIA GOOD?
A: Yes. It is normal and healthy to have some bacteria on your skin... but there are some bacteria you really don't want on your hands. HAND SANITIZERS do a great job of killing bacteria. Unfortunately, they don't descriminate. They also kill the beneficial bacteria normally associated with a healthy skin surface. LOODINI works as a physical barrier, keeping the good stuff on your hands and the bad stuff where it belongs.
Q: IS THIS JUST A PROBLEM WHEN I'M EATING?
A: No. In fact eating is not the biggest issue. Your mouth is adapted to taking in foreign material, as a result it is fairly robust when it comes to dealing with germs. Your EYES are not so well adapted. As a result, it is very easy to receive an infection from touching your face. (Picking your nose with dirty fingers is also a great way to introduce infection into your body.)
Q: IS HYGIENE REALLY A PROBLEM AT ALL?
A: Yes. In the UK, surveys show two in three men and one in three women don't wash their hands after using a public toilet. Ironically, one of the reasons why otherwise hygienic people do this is because they don't like touching the taps in a public toilet. Even amongst people who do wash their hands, very few do so properly. Proper handwashing involves soap, hot water, correct washing technique, and a minimum of 20 seconds... that's two rounds of "Happy Birthday To You".
Q: IS LOODINI FOR PEOPLE WITH OCD?
A: No. OCD is a serious condition. Loodini may not be an appropriate product for OCD sufferers. Loodini is simply designed for people who would prefer to keep their hands clean when they exit a public rest room.
Q: WILL BACTERIA ACCUMULATE ON MY LOODINI?
A: Loodini typically reduces surface contact by about 99.8% compared to using your hand (or shirt sleeve) to open a door. Loodini also incorporates a silver-based antibacterial agent into the matrix of the plastic, killing bacteria on the surface. Other dirt and grime can be removed by washing with warm, soapy water. Loodini is even dishwasher proof!
Q: If a toilet seat looks clean, that should be a good sign, right?
A: No. Psychology has a lot to answer for when it comes to hygiene. People tend to clean surfaces which they expect will be dirty, as a result toilet seats tend to be fairly clean. Areas which we don't automatically associated with dirt, tend not to be cleaned so well. As a result the average chopping board and kitchen sponge have much higher bacterial counts than the average toilet seat.
Cleanliness is the key. Surfaces such as toilet door handles, ATM buttons, and ketchup bottles in cafes are rarely ever cleaned. LOODINI can help with the first two, but you are on your own with the ketchup...