Soap Dispenser Alarm Shames People Into Washing Their Hands [Video]


Safeguard makes it difficult to leave the bathroom with dirty hands.

Ross Brooks
  • 18 april 2014

Even though bathrooms are breeding grounds for germs and other bacteria, only 1 in 3 people wash their hands after using a public toilet. Add to that that only 5% of people wash their hands well enough to kill germs, and Safeguard‘s new Germ Alarm seems like a great idea. It emits an ear-piercing beep that can only be deactivated by pressing the wall-mounted soap dispenser.

The soap dispenser uses pressure sensors that are connected to cubicle stall doors, which once opened, trigger the germ alarm. Each of the dispensers also has a guide alongside it that teaches people how to wash their hands properly.


First introduced during Global Handwashing Day in October 2013, the Safeguard Germ Alarm has also been installed in public restrooms, and even selected McDonalds branches. A school in the Philippines has also made use of the soap dispenser, with a good chance that others will follow suit.

The video below will give you a chance to see (and hear) the alarm in action. While there are plenty of good bacteria roaming around our bodies, the stuff found in public bathrooms is probably best avoided.

[h/t] Creativity Online

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