May 3, 2022

Clean Hands - A Recipe for Good Health

Sinks, Soap and Water - The Three Amigos

Washing our hands as frequently as possible is the best way to protect our health and safety, but how important is soap in this process? In a word, very!

Throughout the last couple of years we've heard time and time again how important it is to was your hands. But why is this so effective against bacteria, germs and viruses?

 This is because soap destroys viruses. Combine this with our portable sink hire, and know that you are giving your work force or visitors the best chance to rid themselves of germs and viruses. Our hands touch many things in the course of our daily lives, so regular cleansing is the best way to reduce the spread of germs.

Our foot operated portable sink with soap dispenser can be placed in hard-to-reach locations or sites without access to mains water. Thus, ensuring you never struggle to handwash with soap and water. Whether you’re running an event, adding extra hand washing facilities to your site, or organising a party or family occasion. Portable sinks take the headache away from sourcing water, connecting pipes and accommodating grey wastewater.

How the science works

Viruses are cells surrounded by a coat of proteins and fat provides the virus with a protective coating against water. Fats and water don’t mix well, so when washing your hands with water alone, the water runs straight over the top of the fat, and the virus.

Soap has a superpower for fighting viruses. It is made of modules with two very different ends, one end of the molecule is attracted to water, the other end attracts fat. This means that when soap comes into contact with the fatty layer of the virus, it connects itself and pulls the fat apart. The soap destroys the protective layer and exposing the virus material to the water. The water then washes away the virus material from your hands. 

What if it's not possible to place a sink where you need it?

A portable sink requires no additional pipes or water outlets. It contains everything you need in one small moveable unit. Our two-man sinks have a clean water reservoir of 100 litres (22 gallons) meaning there’s no need to be economical with the water supply when hand washing. The grey waste tank holds 110 litres (24 gallons) – accommodating used water without overflowing the integral grey waste reservoir. D-tox sinks are a great stand-alone approach to fresh convenient handwashing whilst maintaining a clean water supply and wastewater collection.

Mounted on castors our portable sinks are easy to manoeuvre and contain everything you need in one place. Easy to access for water refills, and foot operated for maximum hygiene. We can even offer an emptying service, which is perfectly complements our portable toilet hire and weekly cleaning service.

What’s special about the 20 second hand washing rule?

Soap takes about 20 seconds to attach itself to the fat and rip it apart, hence where the 20 second hand washing rule comes from. Any less than that and the soap won’t have long enough to do it’s job.

The best part is this reaction works with any soap. It doesn’t have to be an antibacterial or specialist soap, so filling one of our pump action soap dispensers with a no-nonsense soap will do the job consistently and ensure no soap is wasted. A soap dispenser also means less cleaning up and economically, it’s good for your pocket too.

If you would like more information or are interested in a quote about our portable sinks with dispenser or water refills, then contact us.


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Jeannie Hoddinott

Jeannie has copywritten blogs for many years in several industries including sustainable transport, health, the charity sector and sanitation.
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