Did you know there are over 1 million germs on a shopping trolley handle? Just as we rarely think about giving our purses, briefcases, and backpacks a good scrubdown, so do shopping trolleys fly under the germ awareness radar. The very folks that fuss with disposable toilet seat covers often won’t think twice about manhandling a shopping trolley around a store for half an hour, even though the surface they’re hanging onto for that interval has likely been sneezed on, coughed on, and grasped by shoppers who’d just finished handling packages of raw chicken and meat, or who just weren’t the sort to wash their hands all that often. As for the fold out child seat found on most trolleys, even though it is routinely graced by the baby’s nappy, it remains the trolleys transport region of choice for fruit and vegetables, items that are often eaten uncooked or unwashed.
According to a 4 year study conducted by the University of Arizona’s Environmental Research lab, shopping trolleys are veritable petri dishes teeming with human saliva, mucus, urine, fecal matter as well as blood and juices from raw meat. Swabs taken from 36 trolleys showed these common surfaces to rank 3rd on a list of nastiest public items to touch. In terms of playing host to germs and bacteria , the carts were far worse than public bathrooms, which at least are cleaned more often. Bacteria and viruses such as E Coli, staphylococcus, salmonella and influenza can live on shopping trolleys, a sorry fact most shoppers are becoming increasingly aware of.
America has taken the lead on this issue with giant retailers such as WALMART and TARGET offering ‘Anti Bacterial’ Cart wipes to all customers. Addgards have launched The ‘Hand &Handle’ Sanitising Wipe Dispenser to tackle the issue head on. This product won the ‘Best New Innovation’ at the 2013 Cleaning Show 2013. The new and innovative design is free standing and weighted. The dispenser holds up to 1,000 Sanitising wipes with integrated bin for the used wipe. The H&H wet wipe dispenser makes anti bacterial wipes accessible to customers where it was previously unavailable. It is also sensitive enough to use on hands. The Hand & Handle Wet wipes will kill 99.9% of all bacteria and germs found on trolley surfaces.