Be Warned – Rant Coming Up!
“Your hands may come into contact with millions of germs every day. But have you ever thought about those germs ending up on your soap pump? The Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System eliminates the need to touch a soap pump ever again.”
So runs the Tv ad for this new product. It costs around £10 for the initial kit, then a further £3 for refills [plus 4 AA batteries every so often] That seems quite a lot of money to me –and not very green’ either.
But the cost is not the thing that is annoying me – it is the reasoning behind the advert…
“Ooh look, my little boy is about to touch that old soap pump – and the last person to use it was my husband who had very dirty hands! Stop immediately, child! You may get germs on your fingers! Use this new pump instead, which dispenses soap without you touching it – so you won’t pick up any of that nasty harmful bacteria”
Erm – look, surely the reason** little Joe is reaching for the soap pump is because he is about to wash his hands. So he already knows his hands have germs on them. Furthermore, the next action he takes will be to use that soap to wash his hands – thus removing the germs.
Are you telling me that in the few seconds between touching grimy soap pump and reaching the tap, those extra ‘soap pump’ germs will multiply ten thousand fold and give him some vile life-threatening plague?
Or are those clever people at Dettol just playing on the guilt feelings of mothers, who worry they are exposing their families to extra risks? And making lots of money out of it! Or am I just cynical?
[**I am aware that some folk, ever since Lady Macbeth, are obsessive about handwashing, and theymay have different reasons for using the soap. But it is not fair to worry them still more with this product]
I like this Aldi product – 69p and it comes in three colours!
So don’t try and sell me a ‘No-touch pump’ – it just won’t wash!