US teens invent hand soap made from soy

19th of April 2016
US teens invent hand soap made from soy

A team of students from Indiana, US have created a hand soap using exfoliating soy beads.

And the group won first prize in a competition for their invention, which they claim will provide customers with a natural alternative to traditional soaps.

Many hand soaps contain exfoliants made from plastic microbeads. Besides soaps, these tiny pieces of

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Highway operator taps big data to gauge toilet usage

14th of April 2016
Highway operator taps big data to gauge toilet usage

Men spend an average of four minutes and four seconds in a public toilet. And an increasing number of them are choosing a cubicle over a urinal.

These were among the conclusions of a Japanese highway operator that has been collecting data on toilet usage at its service stations for 11 years.

Central Nippon Expressway installed real-time sensor

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More Irish hospitals needed second inspection for poor hygiene last year

12th of April 2016
More Irish hospitals needed second inspection for poor hygiene last year

One in five hospitals inspected in 2015 required a follow-up inspection for poor hygiene and maintenance, compared to one in 10 hospitals in 2014, according to a Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report.

Thirty-nine unannounced inspections were carried out by HIQA in 32 public acute hospitals between January 2015 and December

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Fast, efficient products most desired by healthcare cleaning workers

8th of April 2016
Fast, efficient products most desired by healthcare cleaning workers

Healthcare cleaning professionals are under increased pressure to keep down operating costs and are most focused on products that are efficient, according to a new survey.

Around a quarter of the respondents in the 2015 Cleaning Industry Insights Survey by by P&G Professional, said their top priority were products that act quickly.

But what

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Public washrooms are less germy than we think

7th of April 2016
Public washrooms are less germy than we think

Public washrooms are no more 'germy' than the average toilet at home, according to experts.

And lavatories are less-than-ideal breeding grounds for bacteria which means that most die off quickly in any case. These were among the findings of a US study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

"The restroom isn't that

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Anticipation builds for ISSA/INTERCLEAN

6th of April 2016
Anticipation builds for ISSA/INTERCLEAN

Markus Asch, vice chairman of the management board at cleaning equipment manufacturer Kärcher and president of EUnited Cleaning, writes his latest blog for the ECJ website. He looks forward to the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam exhibition next month.

Read it here

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