Advises from the Soapy team

Does Soapy comply with any recognized health standards?

Soapy complies with handwashing standards recommended by the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control.

How do you ensure the privacy of user images taken by the Soapy station?

Soapy captures electronic images of individual users in order to produce data about the quality of handwashing (duration, surface coverage, etc.) across all users of that device. However, after the image is captured, it is transformed into a digital code that is not convertible back to a picture format.

For what types of businesses is Soapy designed?

We think the Soapy hygiene microstation is useful in any place where people come together! However, we believe institutions such as hospitals and other health care facilities, schools, community centers, and restaurants would see the most obvious benefit.

Is it difficult to install the Soapy hygiene microstation? What do you need?

It’s very simple! All you need is a tap water connection, a 220/115 AC voltage point, and a drain. A user manual is provided, and you can always contact us if you have any questions.

Do I need to wash with soap? Can’t I just use hand sanitizer?

Hand sanitizers should not be used as a replacement for soap and water because they are not as effective! Washing thoroughly is always better than using a hand sanitizer, since lathering your hands with soap allows you to scrub and rinse off bacteria or viruses. Moreover, hand sanitizers do not kill all germs !

Hand sanitizer is fine to carry around in your purse or backpack, particularly to use before and after visiting friends or loved ones in a hospital or nursing home, but it is not a substitute for regular, effective handwashing.

Are there any other dangers of hand sanitizer that I should know about?

Research has shown that hand sanitizers pose other types of risks, mainly due to the use of the ingredient triclosan; cause bacteria to adapt to triclosan’s antimicrobial properties, and as a result, they can become antibiotic resistant. Using hand sanitizers may also lower your resistance to diseases by killing “good bacteria” that help protect against “bad bacteria.”

Studies have shown that triclosan can also harm the immune system, which protects your body against disease, and occasionally cause hormonal disruptions.