Tips on Using Glitterbug

Glitterbug Potion for Hand Washing Training

How to use it

  1. Rub the Glittebug Potion onto your hands.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Use the UV torch to show where Glitterbug Potion has not been washed off.

What are you looking for?

You are looking at the places that are glowing. These are the spots where the Glitterbug Potion has not been washed off.

Tips

  1. Test people before you do the training as well as after. If you only test them after the training they won’t pay attention during the training because people believe they know how to wash their hands already – there is nothing that you can tell them that they don’t already know. By testing them before the training, you will immediately show them that they don’t know how to wash their hands, and that they should pay attention.
  2. When getting people to rub Glitterbug Potion on tell them to rub it on “like you would a moisturiser“. People know how to rub a moisturiser on, and will cover all of their hands and wrists.
  3. When using the UV torch, start with the palms of the hands. This makes them feel good because most people get that right. I then move onto the back of the hands, between the fingers, and the finger nails. By this stage you should have a number of them failing. Then I finish with the side of the hand (from the small finger to the wrist) and finally the wrist. These are the two parts of the hand that will make contact with surfaces and are the most likely to spread germs rapidly.
  4. An effective hand washing technique needs to include the around of the hands, between the fingers, and up to the wrists. A scrubbing brush is essential for cleaning under nails.
  5. While warm water won’t kill bacteria, it is far more effective in removing oils and other substances. This is particularly important in the hospitality industry.

Glitterbug Gel for Hand Sanitiser Training

How to use it

  1. Rub the Glittebug Gel onto your hands as if it were a sanitiser.
  2. Use the UV torch to show where Glitterbug Gel has not been washed applied.

What are you looking for?

You are looking at the places that are NOT glowing. These are the spots where the Glitterbug Gel has not made contact. If it was actually a sanitiser then these are the areas where the sanitiser has not touched.

Tips

  1. Test people before you do the training as well as after for the same reason as the Glitterbug Potion.
  2. When testing before the training, pass the bottle around and tell them it is a hand sanitiser and to use it. Remove the label and they will have no idea what it really is. If they think it is a hand sanitiser then most will do a quick rub.
  3. When using the UV torch, start with the palms of the hands. Once again, this makes them feel good because most people get that right. I then move onto the back of the hands and between the fingers. By this stage you should have a number of them failing. Then I finish with the side of the hand (from the small finger to the wrist) and finally the wrist.
  4. An effective hand sanitising technique needs to include the around of the hands, between the fingers, and up to the wrists. Hand sanitisers are practically useless for under fingernails.

Glitterbug Powder for Demonstrating the Spread of Germs

How to use it

  1. Sprinkle the Glittebug Powder onto a surface.
  2. Have people make contact with the surface.
  3. Use the UV torch to show where Glitterbug Powder has been transferred to.

What are you looking for?

You are looking at the places that are glowing. These are the spots where the Glitterbug Powder has transferred to.

Note: The powder will quickly transfer from surface to hands to another surface.

Warning: This then means that within a very short amount of time you can have glowing faces, nostrils, groins, and other embarrassing locations.

Tips

  1. Don’t tell people it is there.
  2. When using the UV torch, start with the palms of the hands. Then move onto other surfaces.

Other ways to use it

  1. Sprinkle it over a surface like the carpet to see if the cleaners are actually vacuuming the area.
  2. Ebola training – cover a mannequin or garments with the powder and see who comes in contact with it.
  3. Theft detection – want to know who had their fingers in the till? Note that it won’t stay there too long.