When I was a kid, I wanted more than anything to have a pet turtle. You might remember the fish tanks full of silver- dollar-sized mini turtles at your local pet shop.  These turtles were the amphibian-version of the pet mouse.

Unfortunately, I was never allowed to have either of them. The reason given was every mother’s universal trump card for the guilt-free obliteration of the dreams of any child, “They carry germs and will make you sick…”

Kids, Turtles, and Touchless Technology

(The bottom of this article has a link to an upcoming webinar on touchless handwashing technology from Bradley Corporation.)

In that same light, think about this: if children were sold at pet shops – as pets (not as children) – our mothers wouldn’t let us have them either for the exact same reason. The little darlings are germ carriers and typically make entire households sick. This is proven every fall as grade-school children go back to school and subsequently – and predictably – bring home the virus du-jour for their families to enjoy.

We all know why this is true. The younger children we love and treasure are very hands-on with each other and very hands-off when it comes to keeping their hands, and just about everything else, clean. (This is the “hand” component of Hand-Foot-Mouth disease – which again is yet another gift provided by pet children everywhere.)

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, hot, running water.  You may not know that the custom of shaking hands with the right hand in some cultures, such as India, for example, is in recognition that the left hand may have been used to – well – touch/wipe a…turtle…

In the case of children (and turtles), our mother’s denial recognized that handling a turtle isn’t much different than visiting the restroom. In both cases – a single gram of human (or turtle) feces – about the weight of a paper clip – can contain one trillion germs.

Let’s Minimize the Spread

Unwashed hands can then deposit a portion of these germs onto anything they contact.  When these germs get onto objects and hands are not correctly washed, they can be passed from person to person and make people sick.

In this example, elementary schools and pet shops are not very different. The more we touch with improperly washed hands, the more germs we can spread. How many times have we read that over the past 90 days?

Children are taught and reminded to wash their hands each time they visit the restroom by the same Mom’s that forbid the pet Turtle.  It’s the quality of the handwashing that separates the adults from the children and the healthy from the sick.  Mom’s know this, and so does Bradley Corporation.


At Bradley Corporation, they have made a business out of manufacturing highly effective, as well as decorative, touchless handwashing options for Schools, institutions, factories, and turtle owners everywhere to clean their hands. One such product is the all-new, second-generation WashBar.

As institutions across the world prepare to enter their workplaces in the COVID age, it would be our pleasure to showoff Bradley’s newest touchless handwashing options, including the next-gen WashBar, during an upcoming webinar on Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m. ET.

You can register for the webinar by CLICKING HERE.

Michael Varley is director of commercial sales for Preferred Sales Inc. He can be contacted at varleym(at)preferredsales.com with any questions related to Bradley Corp.