Summer may not be over yet but it’s coming close and time to think about heading back to school. Getting the supplies ready, buying new school clothes and getting back into routine once again for a new school year.

Back to school also means the kids will be in contact with many things that can bring a proliferation of viruses and bacteria into the family home and make everybody sick. To defend yourself and your family against these bacteria, we need to do everything possible to make sure our kids are educated about proper hygiene.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends effective hand washing as follows:
  •  Wet hands and apply soap
  • Scrub hands and wrists up to the elbows thoroughly for 20 seconds. This includes finger nails and between fingers.
  •  Rinse hands under warm water and dry with a paper towel or a clean hand towel.
  •  Shut off the water using the towel
The drying is step is particularly important. Did you know wet hands can transmit up to 60,440 bacteria compared to 200 when dry? That means hands that are poorly washed and dried are the main transmitters of bacteria. In fact, the bacteria that remain on the hands migrates to other surfaces like door handles, desks, telephones, keyboards or anything else you touch. They can live on a surface from 20 minutes to 2 hours or more.

To minimize the risk of becoming contaminated with bacteria and germs, Cascades introduces Defensia, a brand new intelligent antibacterial hand towel.

These are intelligent because the antibacterial effect optimizes hand hygiene for 30 minutes by reducing the amount of residual bacteria that can remain on hands after washing, unlike current alcohol-based hand sanitizers and soaps. It does this through a unique gradual release process developed by Cascades.

Cascades Antibacterial Hand Towels are Safe, Odourless and non-irritating. They are manufactured according to the best environmental practices and made with 100% recycled fibres. They are recyclable, compostable and biodegradable.

We were sent a sample pack of Cascades Antibacterial Hand Towels to try out for ourselves. Use them just like regular hand towels, following the hand washing guidelines above. When you dry your hands with the antibacterial hand towels the contact with water releases the antibacterial ingredient onto your hands. Almost instantly, it reduces the bacteria left on your hands and produces an ongoing antibacterial effect for 30 minutes.

We put the hand towels to the test by washing our hands with soap and water and drying them with both a regular clean hand towel and a Cascades Antibacterial Hand Towel. Compared to the regular towel the antibacterial hand towel gave our hands a cleaner, softer feeling. I do find the paper towels to be a bit thin for ones you dry your hands with, adults need about two or three to get our hands dry.

Overall these are a handy idea to have around the house or offer up to the classroom in place of facial tissues or regular paper towels. Just make sure to specify to everyone that they are not paper towels to wipe up messes! ;)

Cascades Antibacterial Hand Towels can be purchased at Walmart, London Drugs and starting in September, Proxim, Jean Coutu and Metro.

Check out Cascades full line of enviro friendly products on their website.

*This is not a sponsored post. We did receive a sample of the mentioned product to review at our own discretion, this does not reflect our overall satisfaction of the product or information provided by the product company. All other opinions expressed are honest and those of A Motherhood Experience*

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