Scientists create world's first self-cleaning metals

27th of July 2016
Scientists create world's first self-cleaning metals

Using inspiration from nature, a team of European researchers has harnessed new photonics technology to develop the first fluid-repellent, antibacterial, metal surface. This could lead to self-cleaning saucepans, toilets, and dishwashers they say.

Taking their ideas from defence mechanisms found in plants such as the Lotus leaf, the High

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How to ensure that the cleaning industry is awash with great leaders

26th of July 2016
How to ensure that the cleaning industry is awash with great leaders

Dr Ilham Kadri, president of the Diversey Care division at Sealed Air, writes her latest blog for ECJ. Here, she explains the secret to her success as an effective leader and how she actively encourages the promotion of employee advancement to leadership positions.

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World's worst travel assignment takes in Europe's dirtiest places

25th of July 2016
World's worst travel assignment takes in Europe's dirtiest places

A British travel presenter is in surprisingly good health after being sent on an excursion around Europe - licking its dirtiest and most germ-infested places.

Ian Wright's yucky tour included a trip with his tongue along an escalator handrail; sucking kindergarten toys; licking a handrail on an underground train; drinking from a

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European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2016 – congratulations to the finalists!

21st of July 2016
European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2016 – congratulations to the finalists!

The shortlist of finalists in the European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards 2016 has been announced today. These new awards recognising standards of excellence in the professional cleaning sector Europe-wide launched by ECJ will be presented for the first time on September 29 at a gala dinner in Barcelona.

From almost 100 entries submitted by

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Dirty hands help to guard children from allergies

20th of July 2016
Dirty hands help to guard children from allergies

Dirty habits involving grubby fingers could be good for you, according to a new report.

Researchers in New Zealand have discovered that children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails are less likely to develop allergic sensitivities than other youngsters. And children with both "bad habits" are even less likely to be allergic to house dust

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No point in using a hand rub for more than 30 seconds: study

19th of July 2016
No point in using a hand rub for more than 30 seconds: study

A new study has shown that there are no significant hand hygiene benefits in using an alcohol hand rub for more than 30 seconds at a time.

This emerged in an experiment carried out by Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, a research fellow at the University of Geneva Hospitals. He contaminated the hands of 23 healthcare workers with Ecoli and then asked

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