6 Hacks: Avoiding Contact w/ Contaminated Surfaces

Germs are everywhere, and it is not even an exaggeration. Virtually all objects and surfaces are laden with microorganisms, many of which are pathogenic and are harmful to humans.

Despite this, ingenuity and modern technology has allowed us to come up with innovative solutions to this classic problem. While we are constantly exposed to these microorganisms, there are a number of hacks that we can rely on when we want to avoid contact with potentially contaminated objects and surfaces.

Wear a Ghluv Arm Sleeve

Ghluv’s antimicrobial hand protector is an effective yet yet stylish way of avoiding contact with dirty surfaces. It is a wearable piece of cloth that fits snugly on your wrist and can be easily pulled down whenever you need to touch communal objects or surfaces, like door knobs or ATM buttons. Ghluv’s antimicrobial arm sleeves are treated with HeiQ Vblock technology, which gives them their antimicrobial quality, allowing you to protect yourself in style even when you’re on the go. Ghluv also has new products such as antimicrobial face masksantimicrobial tights, and antimicrobial home socks.

Take Advantage of Pens and Keys

Small, personal items such as pens and keys can also function as an extension of your hands. Make use of these items to push elevator buttons, press on ATM keypads, switch on lights, or even turn on faucets. These communal objects are heavily laden with microorganisms from the daily use of hundreds of people, so minimizing contact with them is an important part of any disease-prevention effort.

Make Use of Tissue Paper

A piece of tissue paper or napkin can be a great alternative to gloves. It provides enough barrier between your bare hand and the objects you touch, allowing you to keep germs away. You can also easily dispose of it afterwards.You can use this simple hack when opening door knobs, picking up objects, or carrying out any other activity that requires direct contact between your hands and a potentially contaminated object or surface.

Use the Other Parts of Your Body

Your legs and feet are probably the strongest parts of your body. Use them to swing any door open and to slide large objects like boxes across the floor. When using public or communal restrooms where tissue paper might not always be available, you might want to carefully flush the toilet with your feet instead of your hands—only as a last resort.

Alternatively, you can use your elbows to push public doors open or to turn faucets on and off. You can also use them to push buttons when a pen, a key, or a pack of tissue paper is not readily available.

Bring Your Own Stuff

Communal surfaces do not only include door knobs, ATM keypads, public touchscreens, or handrails. These also include many everyday items in schools and offices such as staplers, scissors, and even bottles of hand sanitizers. Whenever possible, bring your own stuff around so you don’t have to share these items with other people.

Observe Proper Hand Washing

If making contact with potentially contaminated surfaces is completely unavoidable, see to it that you wash your hands immediately afterwards to prevent yourself from spreading the germs to other objects or surfaces. If hand washing is not possible, sanitize using an alcohol-based antimicrobial hand sanitizer. Because while these hacks can help prevent infection from germs, you should always remember that the single best way to stop the spread of transmissible diseases is by practicing proper hand washing and observing proper hygiene.

There are a lot of ways by which we can protect ourselves and others from harmful microorganisms,and some of these we’ve already shared above. These are simple but absolutely useful tips to begin living a safe and healthy life in a world where dealing with a global pandemic has become a everyday way of life for most people.