Media guests stared at their appetizers nervously as the screen showed the waiter cleaning plates with his dirty sock earlier that day. Host Duday Gallinguez was quick to reassure the guests that their plates were not cleaned by a dirty sock, but in an alarming twist, also revealed that a dirty sock may be a more hygienic option than what many Filipinos currently use to clean their dishes - their dishwashing bar solution.
At an intimate media gathering at Fully Booked recently, Dr. Jessica Simbahan from the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM) and Joy Dishwashing Liquid revealed a survey that exposes the shocking truth behind dishwashing bar solutions.
Joy Brand Manager Jan Ang shared, “Many moms in the Philippines use a dishwashing bar solution, which is made up of their leftover laundry soap, water and a dishwashing sponge. These moms believe they are saving money by using their leftover laundry bar to wash dishes, but they do not realize that this bar solution is very unsanitary, especially when the bar solution is left exposed for many hours.” As part of Joy’s “‘Nay, Gising!” campaign, Joy commissioned this survey to serve as a wake-up call for Filipino moms and to educate them on proper kitchen hygiene.
Conducted by Dr. Simbahan and a third party research agency, the survey used a luminometer, or a germ meter, to measure the level of contaminants in bar solutions and commonly perceived dirty household items. The bar solution consistently proved to have the highest level of contaminants among a list of dirty household items that included a toilet seat cover, a toilet bowl rim and a trash can lid. Results even showed that the dishwashing bar solution has 10x the level of contaminants as a dirty sock.
PSM President Dr. Supachai Basit explains, “A dishwashing bar solution is a breeding ground for contaminants, including bacteria and other types of germs. This is especially true if the laundry bar is left exposed for many hours and the dishwashing sponge is constantly wet.” In a study from Japan that measured the presence of bacteria in household items, scientists found that the dishwashing sponge was contaminated with several types of bacteria: E. coli and Staph. aureus, which both cause food poisoning, and Ps. aeruginosa, which leads to opportunistic infection.
PSM recommends that Filipino moms throw out their unsanitary dishwashing bar solutions. To help protect their family from germs, moms can trust the only dishwashing liquid accepted by the Philippine Society for Microbiology, new Joy Antibac with Power of Safeguard.
At the end of the press briefing, Ms. Ang assured guests that the dining ware were, in fact, cleaned with Joy Antibac with Power of Safeguard for 99.9% germ protection. Guests were free to enjoy their meal, without having to worry about germs.